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Tori victorious and a little lacking
Reviewed in the United States on October 3, 2020
A climactic end to a great series, this one leaves you breathless. The action and suspense is non-stop. This conclusion has more to do with the lovely Ezra, really, than Tori.
I’m torn about this conclusion. Tori is almost overshadowed in this book by all the other strong well-developed characters. Her character development stalls in all the frantic action and focus on others. Mostly, Tori’s role seems to be to recover her people and weapons; both of which are just handed to her. I like that one of these opportunistic weapons is her absent magic, in a return to the clever victories that define this series. But I expected more about Tori confronting her lack of magic and acceptance in a magic world. Somehow all the action without this evolution feels a little empty.
The plot is exciting as all the key characters from both this and the Demonised series return for this final clash. I was thrilled to see Zac back. The male characters in this are heart-breaking; Ezra’s demon half and Zac in particular.
I like that this series is more adult than others from Marie, as signalled by the alcohol theme in the book names. There is finally some romance in this book, but it’s still a minor part to this mostly young adult action adventure.
Four stars for a satisfying conclusion for the plot and happy endings for many characters, but missing something for the over-shadowed heroine.