Review: Perfekt Balance (The Aere Saga #3) by S.T. Bende

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Goodreads Summary:

Become what you believe.

Elsa Fredriksen knows there’s a thin line between love and fear. As High Healer, she rights the wrongs committed by Asgard’s enemies. But even the gods’ secret weapon can’t undo every injury—especially when her fate is completely entwined with the god she’s trying to save.

Elsa’s in love with the Norse God of Justice. But Forse’s heart is ruled by fear—fear that the past will repeat itself; fear that opening his heart will compromise his ability to do his job; fear that he’ll hurt the one girl he desperately wants to protect. Again.

When Elsa faces off against the very monster she once swore to protect, her survival depends on a power she isn’t sure she can control. And when Forse’s worst nightmare unfolds in front of him, Elsa has to decide whether it’s more important to hold the realms in perfekt balance . . . or hold onto the guy she can’t imagine existing without.

My Review

The lovely S.T. Bende has done it again! Perfekt Balance was a beautiful addition to The Aere Saga! We all knew that Forse and Elsa were in love since book one, but it was wonderful to finally experience it! Not to mention, it’s always a pleasure getting to read about the other characters as well!

Elsa’s perspective was definitely different from the past POVs in the series since it was coming from the “High Healer.” It was really interesting to see what the process of healing is like, and watching her grow into a “unifer” was super cool! The story took me to places I never thought it would. Elsa has such a kind and gentle heart and it was new for me as the reader to experience a POV from a character who really isn’t in the fight at all, but who stands mostly aloof from the violence. You would think this would make the book less exciting, but I was utterly riveted the entire time!

The action, twists, fights, and danger were nonstop! Although, I will say that the romance was not nearly as heavy in book 3 as it has been in the past installments, only because Forse and Elsa knew they both loved each other all along. It didn’t take too much to finally bring out the love between them, but it was beautiful once they admitted their feelings! By the time the ending rolled around, I was completely satisfied with the way events played out and eager for more! And I’m so glad book 4 is from Brynn’s point of view (she’s my fave!).

If you are a reader of The Aere Saga, then I would most definitely recommend you continue your journey through the series! And if you haven’t started the series yet, then what are you waiting for?! You can buy Perfekt Balance on Amazon here!

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