“…there was nowhere to hide. No one to save me. Only time could do that. Time that neither Jasmine, Jethro, Vaughn, nor myself had.”
“Fourth Debt” is the fifth installment in Pepper Winter’s series, entitled “Indebted” and like its predecessors it picks up right where the last book ended. So far, I really enjoyed this series – the premise, the writing, the intensity, the craziness. However, like my rating says I only liked this one. In fact, this installment was my least favorite in the series so far.
As all the installments in the series, the previous installment ended with a huge cliffhanger, seriously one of the worst I have ever read that left me with my mouth hanging open and with a broken heart for these characters. In the fourth installment in the series, entitled “Third Debt”, Nila watched how once upon a time, her biggest enemy who eventually became the love of her life was killed by his own ruthless father, Cut. She wants revenge, so she tries to be brave, to find strength and as the days pass she finds that and more…at least at first. She’s determined to survive, to be the last Weaver imprisoned by a Hawk. Jethro never left Nila, he’s still in her thoughts giving her strength…
“Jethro never left me. His voice lived in my ears, my heart, my soul.”
The psychological and mental pain for Nila seem to be worse than ever in this fifth installment. The fourth debt breaks her, and the enemies not only are stealing her freedom, but they are also stealing her faith.
This installment was the slowest installment in the series to me. Needless to say at times I was bored a little. It didn’t have the same intensity of the previous installments and obviously it didn’t wow me. Nothing extraordinary happened. I really needed something more.
If in the previous installment the main characters’ development was very well done, here it was pretty lame. I felt for Nila, of course, but honestly she made me roll my eyes so many times. Gah! Her POV was just boring. She pretended to be a badass, but sometimes she acted just like a naïve little girl. Wake up, girl!!! I just wanted to slap her…Jethro’s character was better in this installment, but I really needed more scenes with both these two MC. They spent a good part of this installment apart, which I can’t say I loved it too much.
Once again the supportive characters were interesting. I really liked Jasmine’s new side and how loyal and caring she was with her big brother. Also, I found Vaughn’s character very interesting. Cut and Bonnie were as evil as ever. God! I wanted so much to strangle them.
I have to say I wasn’t too impressed with the fourth debt. However, the medieval torture devices were pure and simple fascinating.
The story becomes more interesting and the characters more engaging only through the end and like the other installments it ends with a cliffhanger.
Overall, a great read!