Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: October 21st 2014
5 OUT OF 5 STARS
“Humans were so circular; they lived the same slow cycles of joy and misery over and over, never learning.”
Blue has new friends but the certainties of her life are starting to unravel. Her mother is missing and things at the house are starting to fall apart. The search for Glendower is coming to an end; but Blue is starting to wonder if they’ll all survive the quest.
Although it can be said that this book is slightly less poetic than the first two it doesn’t feel like it’s missing anything. Like the books before it the characters and their relationships are more important than the story (though it is fascinating) or the writing style. This book in particular gives each character more depth. In a way this is Adam’s book, as Dream Thieves was Ronan’s. So Adam in particular gets to develop and grow through the pages.
My one critique is that the romance between Blue and Gansey was a little tedious. It was certainly well done but their determination to avoid and then hide their blossoming feelings it slightly frustrating. It’s definitely understandable why the characters feel that way but it’s a little grating for a reader to watch them dance around the inevitable.
The plot is a little slower than the other two books but it introduces new villains and reintroduces some old faces. It definitely left the fourth one with a lot of questions to answer. The world is still left open-ended and mysterious; and more than a little confusing. Nevertheless it has, thus far, been a brilliant series. Definitely not for all readers but a good majority will easily fall in love with Stiefvater’s lovable characters and fanciful world.