Nothing living is safe. Nothing dead is to be trusted.
For years, Gansey has been on a quest to find a lost king. One by one, he’s drawn others into this quest: Ronan, who steals from dreams; Adam, whose life is no longer his own; Noah, whose life is no longer a lie; and Blue, who loves Gansey… and is certain she is destined to kill him.
Now the endgame has begun. Dreams and nightmares are converging. Love and loss are inseparable. And the quest refuses to be pinned to a path.
I'll start by saying that I read these books for
the characters and the relationship between them, and not particularly for the
plot. In that sense, it was not a surprise that my favorite thing about this
final book was getting to see how much the characters grew throughout the
series and how the relationships between them developed. I loved how
Ronan and Adam's evolution as characters could be seen in how much the
relationship with their families changed, in very different ways for each one
of them. While one of them grew closer with his family, the other got away from
them, but in both cases it was what was best.
The other thing I really liked was the romance in
this book; it's an amazing thing when slow burn romances finally pay off. I
loved the way the relationship between Ronan and Adam unfolded; I was so
captivated with all the scenes between them, because they were so beautifully
written that I felt touched and fascinated with all the little gestures. In
Gansey and Blue's case, I loved that they relationship was still as subtle as
it had been throughout the other books, but there were still some great scenes between
Lastly, I really enjoyed the writing style. Maggie
Stiefvater has a beautiful way with words; she made me engage with the story
and I became completely engrossed by it.
What I didn't like
I felt a lot of things were left without a real conclusion, too many questions were left unanswered and some story lines and
characters didn't get the recognition they deserved. There were
surprises, but nothing that was mind-blowing. There was just one thing that was
really surprising and it was something that was revealed about Blue, but I felt
like it wasn’t explained that well and it kind of came out of nowhere. Also,
there was a part of the story (it had to do with an auction) that I didn’t care
about at all and to me it didn’t connect well with the main plot of the book. I
feel like the time that was spent in that story line could have been used to
explore things that were more related with the quest to find Glendower, because
the ending of that part of the plot (that was so important throughout the
books!) felt so lackluster.
Furthermore, I thought that some characters that were part of this
series all along were left behind in this book without it affecting the other
characters and I felt it was really weird and unrealistic. At the same time,
there were some new characters that even if I liked them, they didn’t matter
that much to me because they arrived so late in the series. But still, they got
such a prominent role in this book. I don’t know how this is going to
sound but I feel like there were some characters in this book
(particularly one of them) that were put in just for the sake of having
more diversity, but the way they were incorporated to the story didn’t feel
organic. Don’t get me wrong! I’m glad there were some diverse characters, but I
feel like they were a last minute thought, and I ended up feeling like they
came out of nowhere and they were accepted to quickly in the dynamic of the
group, which didn’t feel realistic.
At the end
My love for the characters and for the way the
relationships between them unfolded was what (in a sense) redeemed this
book for me. If it wasn't for that and for Maggie Stiefvater's amazing writing
style, this book would have gotten a lower rating.
Rating: 4 stars
Have you read this book? Did you enjoy it? Do you think it was a good
ending for the series?