Hope by Auryn Hadley – A Book Review

Posted November 7, 2019 by Booksandblurbs in Epic, Fantasy, Reverse Harem, Reviews, Sci-Fi / 1 Comment

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(Rise of the Iliri (Bonus Epilogue) – Book 11)

by Auryn Hadley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Slow Burn Epic Fantasy / Sci-Fi RH
Available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited

Down and Dirty

This is the HEA fans of Auryn Hadley’s ROTI series have been waiting for. All threads (well.. most) are tied, endings explained and equality broached. It’s long, sweet and Free on Kindle Unlimited.

What is it about?

(Blurb from GoodReads)

By reader request, Hope is a full-length epilogue novel to show what comes after the series ends.

The war is over. The dead have been laid to rest. Peace is on the horizon, and Anglia is a country that needs to be put back together. After a failed coup, a new king who’s spent more time away from the country than on his throne, and two new kingdoms sharing the same space, it’s starting to feel like combat was easier to handle.

But Dominik Jens has an idea. What this country needs is a celebration to unite the three species. He has one in mind, but he’s not quite sure it’s going to fly. The nobles hate the idea, the iliri love it, and the grauori haven’t responded. They’re too worried about the Orassae’s grandchildren, who are due to be born at any time.

Peace isn’t made from drawing lines in the sand. It’s all about erasing them. That’s how Hope is built, and it’s the only way for Anglia to move forward together.

Luckily, they have plenty to spare.

Note from the Author

This 120,000 word story is in addition to the complete and finished series (Books 1 – 10). It was written for the readers who wanted to re-visit the characters they have grown to love as they settle in after the war. Like all of the Rise of the Iliri novels, this epic fantasy story focuses on loving relationships, platonic and romantic, with a steamy reverse harem theme. Some erotic love scenes are explicit and almost unbearably titillating, although not for all readers—especially humans under eighteen.

Bonus Epilogue Content Epic Fantasy.

Thoughts on Hope

The true end

Ever wonder what happens to your favorite characters after the final chapter of a series closes? So do I. Fortunately for us, this book IS that epilogue, a final look at the “life after” of these characters we have grown to love and know so well.

This world is far too complex and the complications way too deep to wrap up in just one chapter at the tale end of a war. Hope allows us to look at those new days and see their new dawns, and understand that, while this may be their happy ever after, nothing is ever truly easy.

Favorite Line

…good intentions matter more than bad histories.” (26%)


  • A good send off.
  • Well written.
  • Most questions are answered.
  • Threads are tied.
  • I felt satisfied when I finished.


  • Wanted a bit more revelation of what they found in the ships.
  • This is NOT an action novel, there is no war and few sexual scenes. This is the ‘ever after’ – please note that before you begin to read and critique the lack of flow. *Not a con, just a note*


Third Person, Multiple POV

Ending Type




Romantic Dynamic


Character Age Range


Final Verdict on Hope

5 out of 5 Stars

Everyone needs their HEA, and after the time and tears invested in this extensive series, Auryn Hadley seems to understand that we fans NEEDED that HEA desperately. A detailed, expansive one that touches on almost all parts of this sweeping narrative. A great conclusion to an immersive tale. Free on KU.

Published October 18th, 2019
541 Pages

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Your Turn

What are you reading today? Have you read The Rise of the Iliri, also known as ROTI? How about other books by Auryn Hadley? Leave a comment, I would love to chat!!


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