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Another home run, flipped stage, what have you
Reviewed in the United States on March 28, 2019
Well O'Connell and Silvers aren't sitting idle in any sense of the word. They've bucked a good bit of their compressed pacing with this installment, instead giving it breathing room to delve deeper into Quinn's character as she deals with being snatched between worlds and dumped not in Fae, but instead the enigma of the Otherworld she'd thought still too far out of her reach. However it quickly becomes not quite Quinn's story, instead seeing a very different woman living a very different life than everything shown in the prior installments.
The juxtaposition between the two is jarringly apparent, yet when it all circles back around to Quinn the similarities fall just as smoothly into place. The insight into her character and how she has changed, in cause of and in some cases despite herself is not as conflicted as in the past, showing a sense of growth that despite the strength of her personality in previous books, has been noticeably absent in some aspects.
Of course that doesn't mean she comes out things cleanly, despite all the answers she's found by the end of her tale here there are still just as many new questions thrust upon her that leave her identity and role just as up in the air as before, if not moreso given what costs those aforementioned answers came at. Triumph and loss are too tightly woven throughout the book to be avoided at its conclusion, and it does leave some other questions in mind for how O'Connell and Silvers aim to tie those threads back together in the future.
The book also narrowly avoided a too well worn love oriented story trope, a decision I am grateful for as a reader but in the same thought also find curious as a writer because the aversion does make some of the latter end story impact falter just a bit, where it feels like it should have been heavier. Whether this is something left intentionally notable for pursuit in the future isn't obvious in the writing itself, so I find myself erring on the side of cautious curiosity as to whether this will be one of said threads tied up further in the grander plot.
Overall this smacks as one of Quinn's strongest showings yet as a character and as foundation to her positioning in the greater span of the Templeverse. As always I look forward to what comes next.