I read this book because I read the first two books, and also because I thought the story was good. I could tell from the get-go ("The Novice") that this was going to be Lord of the Rings plus Demonology plus social injustice, and I think that it is a pretty good way to teach children about what is right and what is wrong. I was less interested in the overall plot line ("Let's get out of this horrible situation, friends!") than I was in the social and political aspect of "well, what's gonna happen to the dwarves now?" I think the ending didn't satisfy my main interest, though, but I won't spoil anything.
CHARACTERS: The characters are, as always, lovable and interesting, but to me, my affection extends no further than, "man, I just want you all to make it through alive." They are used by the author in order to speak about the current racial tensions today and how all beings are created equal, that this whole racism thing is bad. That's what I really like about these books, because (while it's a little more obvious to the older audiences: ME) Matharu is telling us, "look at this fantasy world, where they too have racism, and now let's look at our good guys, who are not racist. It's easy, you just have to know people for who they are, and not by any defining characteristics."
PLOT: I thought things were going really well until the ending, which I didn't particularly like, because it left a few questions unanswered. Everything up to that point was going good, but towards the end I felt as if things moved a little too quickly and that the author tried to tie things up into a neat little bundle, but I still have a few questions... So. Yeah...
ACCURACY: As we know, this world is where mana meets gunpowder, so from my perspective things stay within their rules and nothing unexplained happens. (Although the whole series seems to be built off of other series: Lord of the Rings, The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Magic the Gathering, Pokemon).
RECOMMENDATION: Definitely meant for a younger audience, although adults and older teens should definitely indulge if they want to. I liked these books, so I didn't buy them, I just checked them out from the library. Something I read during car trips.
I loved this book and how full of action it was. Even during the slow scenes before the final battle, it did not feel dull. I always wanted to keep reading and seeing what would happen next. I definitely enjoyed this book and this it is a good good ending for the series. If the author chooses to do more, I would be delighted to read more about Fletcher and his friends but as it stands now, I am satisfied with this as the ending.
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