Review: Unleash the Storm (Steel & Stone #5) by Annette Marie

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Piper thought she could handle the Sahar, the most powerful magical weapon in existence. She thought she could protect her loved ones and stop a war. She thought she could make a difference.

She was wrong, and her mistakes were paid for in blood.

Leaving her world—and her failures—behind, she retreats to the Underworld with Ash and the other draconians. They forge deep into long abandoned mountains, the first draconians to fly the valleys and passes in centuries—or so they thought. Until now, Ash’s mysterious heritage has been nothing but a name, but his presence does not go unnoticed. A new danger stalks him, one that may be even greater than what they escaped.

Cut off from the power she’d come to rely on and lost in a world where she doesn’t belong, Piper has never felt so hopeless. But she must find her strength, and find it quickly, before she loses Ash to an ancient power he can’t fight, before her home is devastated by the daemon war, and before her mind, body, and soul are consumed by the Sahar’s insidious magic.

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Piper is in the Underworld with Ash.  They are helping to lead the freed Dragonians to a safe place.  Raum and Ash are scouting the mountains looking for signs of Hades or a safe place to stay.  Piper is dealing with the death of her mother and the carnage she left behind.  She fought Ash and Lyre but she doesn’t remember any of it.
Everything changes when she and Ash find the abandoned Dragonian civilization in the mountains.  Piper can’t believe they found it. However under the huge statue of a dragon, something is moving, catching Piper’s eye.  It’s a real dragon and he goes after Ash.  Ash is left unconscious and they are stranded.  That’s when they meet new Dragonians that secretly live in hiding.  They are determined to kill Ash.  The dragon will be back for him.  The dragon does return and take Ash.
Piper is lost and heartbroken.  She returns to the Otherworld to find a way to save him.  She must return to her daemon family and ask the great water dragon for help.  Lots of things are at stake as Hades makes a play for Earth against the RAs.  Piper has to be smart and determined to save Ash and the rest of those she loves.
This is the last book in Ash and Piper’s story.  I am sad to see it end.  I love these characters.  They have both changed so much during the course of the series.  The reader has watched their relationship grow.   This book is full of battles and desperation.  Piper believes she has lost Ash forever.  Her devastation is felt from each page.  She is desperate to save him fighting for every possibility.  I love how tough and determined she is but her vulnerability really comes through in this story.  She is dealing with a lot emotionally which makes her relatable to the reader.
She is a great heroine.  She is smart and capable.  She and Ash make a great pair.  Add in Lyre and this trio has remained together the whole time as family.  You can feel the love they have for each other.

The battle scenes are crazy.  In fact the battle against Hades is epic.  Ash and Piper have to work together in the most surprising way to win.  It is an awesome way to finish the series.  Unfortunately it makes me sad to see it end.  The ending for Piper and Ash was great but left me wanting.  I still, however, give it a 5 out of 5.

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