I AM GOING TO NEED A MINUTE….. and three days later, I took my minute.
There is nothing wrong with anything that happens in these series. Everything is planned. Everything is beautiful and painful and wonderful. This is one of the best stories told in all the books that I have ever read, listen to or heard of.
“Scars are not shameful, not unless you let them be. If you do not wear them, they will wear you.”
These whole series has a whole beautiful world(s) of magic, but they aren’t overwhelming. The adventure never stops yet… no the adventure never stops and neither does your heart. There are equal roles of male and female characters.
Speaking of the characters, they are so completely and utterly flawed. There’s a pirate girl who takes everything to heart and will kill herself to prove she is the best. There is a broody guy who carries the world on his shoulders and does things without thinking it through.
There’s a prince who doesn’t really have the magic that his previously mentioned brother has, but he will make everyone love him even if he has to become someone he isn’t. A once-lord who drastically swung the other way and hurt those who he loves most in the making of the masquerade that doesn’t fit well on his face. And then there is a man who is willing to do anything to save his white-world, including at the expense of any other worlds.
And that’s exactly what the beginning of this book tells you. This man brought over some magical wanna-be god because he didn’t want him to ruin his world. The last two books were just the beginning. They were all building up to this book. A book that doesn’t stop and a book that you won’t want it to stop.
I would tell you I have a favorite character, but I don’t think I can choose.
Kell got the adventure he asked for but didn’t want. Rhy got the people’s love but not in the way he planned. Holland broke out of his chains to be put in another. Alucard got what he loved the most and lost what he held most dear. Lila got the adventure she wanted at a high cost.
I just have nothing bad to say about this book. But I can’t find words to tell you how beautiful and wonderful and spectacular THIS book is. This series is.
The ending of this book is one that will break your heart.
But I was super satisfied (yet still completely broken). I’m not sure if it will be because of how it got there, what happens to certain characters, or if you will just break because this is the end of the story. But V.E. Schwab, or better known as Victoria Schwab, does write more books, and beautifully… so beautifully, and she does have a lot of brain-children to write to us. So know that your heart will probably break again.
“What are we drinking to?”
“The living,” said Rhy.
“The dead,” said Alucard and Lila at the same time.
“We’re being thorough,” added Rhy.”
And I, for one, welcome it.