By: Gena Showalter
Length: 496 Pages
Published: February 27th 2018
STAND TOGETHER OR FALL ALONE.
THE FATE OF THE EVERLIFE HANGS IN THE BALANCE.
At seventeen years old, Tenley “Ten” Lockwood had to make the ultimate choice—where to live after she died. Loyalty to her selected realm has not wavered…until now. She is out of time. Sacrifices must be made, and a terrible price must be paid. But is she too late?
As the Everlife descends into darkness, a single truth becomes clear: Troika and Myriad must unite—or perish. In order to bring sworn enemies together, Ten must enter forbidden territory…and destroy the powerful Prince of Ravens. But there’s only one way inside—bonding with Killian Flynn, a deadly rival who sets her blood aflame.
When nothing goes as planned and betrayal leads to the edge of utter defeat, Ten and Killian will have to rebuild trust from the ashes of their hearts. Victory seems impossible, the odds stacked against them. In the end, how far will they be willing to go for the sake of their realms and the Everlife?
I waited a year for this book. I was so ready for it. When it arrived, I rip the package open and took in the new book smell. Then I put it down. Why, because this was going to be greatness and I wasn’t prepared to pull an all nighter.
I was disappointed. Very much so. While the book was still good in itself, it felt like it was the long-lost sisters twin cousin. I felt short-changed. The characters changed drastically not even feeling as though they were the same young adults we encountered in Firstlife and Lifeblood. The continuation of the story which I thought was going to focus on the most epic battle royale of dark vs light shifted to romance and the “I love you, I hate you, let’s go screw in the middle of a war”
I pulled out my little sticky notes when I completed this journey they weren’t good notes
*Over sexualized, from light flirting to talking about his bulge
* Heavily riddled with romance…. GAG
* Throws head back…Ugh…Rolls eye
Those are just a few.
This felt rushed, and tied up quickly with a beautiful cover to pull you in.
Even though it was not what I expected the book itself could easily act as a standalone as every vital part from the previous works are rehashed. You get to revisit characters even those you have been deemed dead and find out more about the pasts of many characters. The building of Troika, Myriad and Many Ends was not as descriptive as they could have been (luckily for me I had prior knowledge of it). Showalter also introduced talking animals that aided them in their battle. Which is fine, except they seemed to just be used to help fill in the holes of the story.
It does have some redeeming qualities the past characters resurfacing was by far my favorite. (Even though my husband decided to ruin that for me and scream out a page from the book revealing the big “who did Ten picked moment”. The few battles scenes were told in a way that flowed. That did offer me a slight insight on the battle I was expecting. But the end results just left me wondering what I read and making me want to chuck the book across the room.
But overall this book just didn’t cut it for me as a finale book of a series.