Series: Nightshade #3
Publisher: Philomel on January 3, 2012
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Calla has always welcomed war.
But now that the final battle is upon her, there's more at stake than fighting. There's saving Ren, even if it incurs Shay's wrath. There's keeping Ansel safe, even if he's been branded a traitor. There's proving herself as the pack's alpha, facing unnamable horrors, and ridding the world of the Keepers' magic once and for all. And then there's deciding what to do when the war ends. If Calla makes it out alive, that is. In this remarkable final installment of the Nightshade trilogy, international bestselling author Andrea Cremer crafts a dynamic novel with twists and turns that will keep you breathless until its final pages.
“‘Do you think being the Scion matters to me if I lose you? Because it doesn’t. None of this matters. You’re the reason I need to win this war. I’m fighting for you. Not for the Searchers. Not for anyone else. It’s all for you.'”
Favorite Character: Ren. He really develops his character over the course of the book, and we finally get an inside look on his feelings for Calla. It just made me love him even more.
“I could hear each heavy beat of my heart.”
My Musings: What a thrilling conclusion to an astounding trilogy! It was just the ending that I needed. It was full of unsuspected plot twists and turns, and it was a very interesting ending! The novel was filled with sad events, as you would expect at war, but I was overall happy with the way that things turned out.
This novel tied up all the lose ends present throughout the series. The characters reached their full development; and we especially get more insight on some supporting characters: Ren, Ansel, and Sabine. Not who you’d expect, right? I found it very interesting that Cremer elaborated on these specific characters, but it had an overall good effect, because you could look at situations from supporting character’s views.
The prose of this novel was much like that of the previous ones, which is not a bad thing at all! True to form, the writing was descriptive as well as relatable, and there was action on almost every page. I was fun traveling with Calla, Shay, and the others on the quest to find the pieces of the Elemental Cross. The fights and losses that their team took were heartbreaking and heart pounding as well.
We also have some newly developed romances in this novel–one’s that you would have never expected. I liked seeing some romances other than the ones involving Calla; it kept things interesting, and kept up the swoon factor! Even though everything didn’t turn out the exact way I wanted it to concerning romances, I was okay with the events that took place, and even happy about the character’s happily ever afters.
Overall, this series was everything that I thought it would be. Fast paced, paranormally fully equipped, swoon worthy, and hard to put down. I cannot wait to read more of Cremer’s works in the near future.