Author: Sarah Rees Brennan
Series: Lynburn Legacies #3
Genre: YA Fantasy
Summary (from Goodreads)
Kami has lost the boy she loves, is tied to a boy she does not, and faces an enemy more powerful than ever before. With Jared missing for months and presumed dead, Kami must rely on her new magical link with Ash for the strength to face the evil spreading through her town.
Rob Lynburn is now the master of Sorry-in-the-Vale, and he demands a death. Kami will use every tool at her disposal to stop him. Together with Rusty, Angela, and Holly, she uncovers a secret that might be the key to saving the town. But with knowledge comes responsibility—and a painful choice. A choice that will risk not only Kami’s life, but also the lives of those she loves most.
In a world where there’s a dearth of strong, interesting YA characters (of both male and female varieties) Sarah Rees Brennan spoils us with a whole host of them in one book. From moody, angry, but fiercely loyal Angela, to tragic, damaged Jared, each of the characters has their own independent personality, similar in some ways (where they are related, usually) but each unique and vibrant in their own way.
I could just spend forever with these characters. Even those a little more in the periphery are well drawn and interesting. And they want things other than boyfriends and girlfriends! I mean, they want boyfriends and girlfriends too, but it’s not the ultimate aim of their lives. They want to survive, to have careers, to protect their families. Some want this so much they make the ultimate, tragic sacrifice. I could have cried when I read that section of the book, except I was on my lunch break at work, and it would have looked a little weird.
What a noble, heartbreaking choice for a character to have to make. And the best thing was, you totally bought it. Usually when characters sacrifice themselves this way, a small part of me thinks ‘yeah, but people aren’t really like that…’ but in this case, I completely saw where the character in question was coming from, and why they did what they did.
I can’t comment too much about the plot as this is the last in a trilogy, and I do try not to spoil. There was a fair amount of waiting around for things to happen, but it never seemed to move slowly – I’m not sure how this balance was achieved, but it was. And there are plenty of ‘Oh no, you didn’t’ moments and ‘Yay, finally‘. Statuising (yes that is totally a valid verb meaning ‘to turn into a statue’) major characters, torture, daring rescues and daring escapes, Angela wielding a chain on horseback. A fair few kisses.
Even the Ash or Jared love triangle thing – elevated in this instalment to actual love triangle, though with good reason – is well handled. I really liked the explanation offered at the end for why certain feelings are had. It tied everything up nicely, without being saccharine or over the top. It just… made sense.
A highly enjoyable end to a fantastic trilogy. I’m really looking forwards to seeing what Sarah Rees Brennan does next!