What a finale! And what a series! I can’t wait for Call Down the Hawk!
Spoiler if you haven’t read the other books don’t read this review as I’ll be unable to avoid revealing some elements from past books!
Let’s do this review in a different fashion and use some quotes to guide my thoughts!
“Outside of Henrietta, nestled on the ley line, something dark watched all of this, everything in the Henrietta night and said, I’m awake I’m awake I’m awake.”
This book is the darkest of all.
The boys and Blue will have to fight a huge threat and people will die! Something terrible will happen to Cabeswater too. Tremble friends because evil is lurking in many corners!
There will be magic, dark magic, dying and horror!
But also love and bravery. Friendship and comradery.
Also shocking truths about Cabeswater and Blue.
“Now that Adam had fully opened his senses, Cabeswater clumsily attempted to communicate with its human magician.”
Adam. Adam has evolved enormously from the first book.
In the beginning, he was silent, beaten and too proud to accept any help from Gansey. He wanted to be a self-made man. In the third book he was prone to anger and violence. He had me afraid he would be like his father somehow. He was also new at that magician business.
Now he has reached a whole other level! He really knows what he is doing with magic and will be a pillar to Ronan and Gansey several times when the situation becomes very dangerous!
He will also make peace with the idea to get some help without it meaning he had to feel inferior.
And he will find some happiness but no telling more about it.
“Was Ronan even human? Half a dreamer, half a dream, maker of ravens and hoofed girls. No wonder his Aglionby uniform had choked him.”
In the beginning of the series I was all Ronan Lynch. Then in Lily Blue it was Gansey Gansey Gansey. And now …it’s a tie!
Ronan finally shows his vulnerable side and his kindness in this one. He is rough but that’s because he does not want to show that he cares and can love.
He’ll have happy, very happy moments in this last story. But also, tragic and soul destroying ones. He will be tested like Gansey, Adam and even Blue will be tested.
This last book truly is a test of faith and courage.
““Why would you go alone?” Blue asked. She flung her arms around him, and he felt her trembling. “I was trying to be heroic.” Gansey said.”
Gansey is noble as ever.
There is something inherently kingly about Richard Gansey the third.
He commends without ordering but in asking.
He would never ask something from someone else if he was not ready to do it. He will always want to spare the others. He will face his fate.
In two words now: read it!
Have you read this series?
Thanks for reading!
I’m so glad you adored this one too, Sophie! This series really sounds magical and dark. I think I’ll definitely snatch a copy of the first book if I ever run into on one of my book sprees too now. 😀 Great review!
Thank you Lashaan! Sorry to answer so late I hadn’t seen your comment before!
My one question for you: Did finishing the last book make you want to go back and re-rate any of the others higher?
No honestly no. Would you?
I think I did. The ending wrapped up all my questions and drew out emotions and thoughts I didn’t even realize I had while reading it all. I ended up rating it more as a series than as individual books.
Happy you loved this series as much as I did, Sophie! So excited for Call Down the Hawk.
Me too Teri!!
It’s just soooooo good!
YAY!!❤️ Super happy that you enjoyed this latest book and the whole series in general. I personally enjoyed much more of Blue, Lily Lily, Blue than this one, but I still think it’s a great ending. I’m dying for the new book about Ronan
Blue Lily was great indeed and I can’t wait for Call Down the hawk!!
It is so amazing when the last book in the series is so powerful and perfect. I am so thrilled that you enjoyed it so much. It is one series that has been on my list forever now!
I hope you’ll get to read it one day Lori!
I agree that this was a fantastic finale, and i can’t wait for Call Down the Hawk!
Me too Nicole!!!!