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Not so lovely
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on February 25, 2011
I was debating on giving this book two stars, but conceded that it was worth three - mostly because I wasn't left hanging at the end of the series. On the flip side, aren't the (minor) unanswered questions what makes a series really remarkable and worthy of discussion years later?
After finishing the book, a few things stuck out for me.
1. After reading and enjoying Radiant Shadows as much as I did, I expected this book to be fabulous. I expected the action to carry over. I expected a huge climax. I expected a revolutionary plot twist. I was disappointed.
2. Why include details if they do not contribute much to the story? At the start of the book, Keenan had been away from the Summer Court for six months, looking for allies. A whole chapter is devoted to this, so I expected it to be important. I was excited to read about a different king of faery. Sadly, it is mentioned again only briefly at the very end of the book.
3. Happy endings are good; I love them. But...really? A bit unbelievable. I caught myself rolling my eyes.
4. Maybe there were just too many characters that were developed in the last four books - some of them were sadly missed or just briefly mentioned. Or, as in the case with Seth (in my opinion), they seemed to just be plugged in as an after thought without any development whatsoever.
I remind myself that this book is written for young adults, and to be fair, the plot probably does play well to their thinking and my criticisms may be too harsh. It was written nicely, and gave closure to the story so I would recommend this for those readers who have been following the series, but not necessarily for readers who want a stand-alone story.