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Series ends with a whimper
Reviewed in the United States on April 4, 2018
Hearne's series has been going downhill ever since Trapped. I was hoping that he could end the series in an epic fashion because I still care about the characters. This book was not epic. I am a huge Norse mythology fan, so I was hoping for battles with frost giants and fire giants, epic encounters with Hel, Loki, Surt, and Jormungandr. I did not get that. The giants are mostly absent, and the encounters with Hel, Loki, Surt, and Jormungandr are handled in 2-3 paragraphs and in a rather easy fashion, with tricks or soul stealing weapons used to handle the fights way too easily. In fact, Ragnarok didn't seem to pose any danger at all to Atticus and friends and was stopped way too easily and with too little loss.
I also had a problem with the character arcs in this book. I was not a big fan when Hearne decided to expand from Atticus' view point to include Owen and Granuaile. He has never written their view points as well, especially Granuaile's. In this book, Owen's story is more of a series of vignettes, and could have been left out of the book entirely with nothing lost. Granuaile's story is not important and almost a side quest until the very end. And Atticus takes a backseat in Raganarok, relying on his allies and friends to do all the heavy lifting.
The book gets two stars for the fact that I still cared about the characters, and that Hearne decided to end his series and not keep it going indefinitely like some other authors have decided to do.