Well, it’s done. I really didn’t believe we could wrap up this complicated tale in one book. My thoughts on the first two books can be found here and here, but both can be summed up easily: we get nowhere VERY fast. While some answers could be found in the second book, they were few and everything was left for the last book to wrap up.
And it did…except the timing slowed down. Oh not a lot, because then the book would have been three times the length but we went from a roller coaster ride, to a sprint, and finally to a…stroll? All the excitement and thrust of the first two books seemed to level off and things just happened. Discussions…happened. Finding important information… happened. Answers to questions…happened. And plans got put off for the reason of…because. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed this book and it was great to have everything wrapped up, but this whole trilogy reminds me nothing so much as those children’s chapter books that have set page numbers and everything is wonderful and exciting and then…we have to end because the pages are running out and oh do you think we’ll make it and yes there’s a ending but it all came together magically and do you think anyone will notice?
MAJOR PET PEEVE!
And yes, carrying the idiot ball moments continued while information dropped in their lap. Suddenly, we discover what Gwen’s grandfather found for her. Suddenly, Gideon gets a brain. Suddenly, they begin to…work together. What a concept.
Okay, I’m giving you guys the wrong idea. By and large, I enjoyed this finale. My questions got answered, and things began to happen. Many of my suspicions did turn out to be true.(show spoiler)
Even after all this time, I’m still not sure how I feel about this trilogy. I’ll probably re-read it next year all in one go, because I feel I missed some foreshadowing. Because this was so well set up in almost all other respects but a couple reveals at the end just…don’t make sense to me. One I talk about in the above spoiler. I just…I’m very torn about this book.
I still plan to buy it. That should tell you something. ;)
Happy readings, y’all!
Fun fact: As I was reading this, a podcast I listen to (Stuff You Missed in History Class - highly recommend) did an episode on St. Germain! It was so neat to learn what we know about him historically while reading this fictional account of him. I highly recommend the episode to anyone who is reading or wants to read the trilogy.