Strange and Ever After
By: Susan Dennard
In the conclusion to the trilogy that Publishers Weekly called “a roaring—and addictive—gothic world,” Eleanor Fitt must control her growing power, face her feelings for Daniel, and confront the evil necromancer Marcus...all before it’s too late.
He took her brother, he took her mother, and now, Marcus has taken her good friend Jie. With more determination than ever to bring this sinister man to justice, Eleanor heads to the hot desert streets of nineteenth-century Egypt in hopes of ending this nightmare. But in addition to her increasingly tense relationships with Daniel, Joseph, and her demon, Oliver, Eleanor must also deal with her former friend, Allison, who has curiously entangled herself in Eleanor’s mission.
With the rising dead chomping at her every move and Jie’s life hanging in the balance, Eleanor is convinced that her black magic will see her through to the bitter end. But there will be a price. Though she and the Spirit Hunters have weathered every battle thus far, there will be consequences to suffer this time—the effects of which will be irreversible. And when it’s over, only some will be able to live a strange and ever after.
Honestly, when I first started the series and when I finished A Darkness Strange and Lovely, all that I wanted is Strange and Ever After. But when I started reading it, I just wasn't as excited as I'd hope to be. I didn't know what it was and I still don't. Maybe it's because I didn't want this series to end or because I'm generally skeptical of series enders (because they don't usually live up to the hype). I don't know.
But, what I can say is that I really liked Strange and Ever After, despite my lack of enthusiasm. Almost immediately after you start it, things starts happening. You immediately get that sense of adventure. It's very fast paced and I love it. It's like go, go, go, then wait, let's build up the tension even more, then go, go, go. Which really is amazing. The pacing and the plotting is on point. Those were my favorite parts of Strange and Ever After.
As the conclusion of a series, I'm really really happy and satisfied with it. Is it perfect? No. But it's damn near. You're not going to get any complaints from me. Especially because of the ending. Even if I had any, which I don't, the ending more than makes for it.
The ending is just...wow! It's brave and it feels real. Dennard makes a bold and brilliant choice to end the series the way that she did and I respect it. Even more than that, I envy it. It's explosive. I won't spoil it, but if you think that the crew remains unscathed, you're wrong.
Strange and Ever After is an adventure book filled with imperfect characters and consequences that arise from their mistakes. There are some missteps and betrayals, but it makes for one of the stories that's unpredictable and absolutely thrilling.
Strange and Ever After is the series ending that the story and characters deserved.
e-ARC provided by Publisher via Edelweiss.