Some creative parts but overall it just seemed a little flat. There were lots of classical elements (changeling, sibling quest, underground world, test of character, etc.) but there was not enough magic to really make it grab you.
Tag - Fantasy Fiction
A satisfying conclusion to the series but one in which rereading the first two books might be in order. (Unless, you just have a much better memory than I do, in which case dive in and enjoy the conclusion)
I love Wilson's imagination and his ability to mix classical myth and archetype, biblical language and symbolism, and his own creative ideas. This makes up for the lack of plot at times and characters without of a lot of depth.
All and all, a pretty entertaining fantasy series for teens. I can't imagine there are a lot of folks who enjoy epic fantasy with a female protagonist and haven't read this series but if for some reason that describes you, go ahead and get started so you are ready for the final book come June.
A creative and well done start to a fantasy series with well developed characters and a unique take on some familiar elements of the genre.
Cover reveal and excerpt: ‘The Book of Life’ by Deborah Harkness (my review of A Discovery of Witches)
An exciting new illustrated version of the Tolkien classic? Yes, please. I look forward to exploring this world and its characters and landscape with my family for a long time.
The set up is excellent and Connolly really builds the atmosphere and tension. There is an interesting cast of characters and enough mystery to keep you reading and guessing. It often seems like a traditional type mystery only to take a weird and horrifying turn. But as many reviewers have noted, the ending was abrupt and unsatisfying. This has the potential to ruin the enjoyment of the rest of the story.
A free e-book offers the chance to read a classic Neil Gaiman short story and an excerpt from his forthcoming novel. But be careful. You might find yourself, as I did, frustrated that you can't finish the novel until it is released on June 18.