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My favorite in the trilogy, a great ending
on March 24, 2016
I loved this series overall because the heroine grows so much over the course of the story. This is really a story about Opal finding herself and it was great to watch it unfold. Opal becomes harder, but not bitter. She becomes smarter and stronger, but never loses her vulnerability. I disagree with the criticisms of her character and suspect they're mostly ship related. I am surprised that anyone liked Kade and Opal together. There are ways to write the "nice guy" compellingly and not make them one dimensional (see Jon Snow from Game of Thrones) and I'm a fan of those male leads, but Snyder didn't attempt that with Kade because she didn't want you too invested in their relationship. If you've read her other series, especially her most popular, she always pairs her heroines with anti-heroes or guys that have an edge. Never the straightforward, one dimensional nice guy. One of her male leads in her other series is an assassin, that literally murders anyone he sees fit for a living (and he's awesome). Yet some of the fans of Snyder's other series have a moral objection to Opal ending with Devlen because he used pressure points to torture her (when he was crazed on blood magic)?...That doesn't make sense to me. Opal did NOT fall for Devlen when he tortured her and held her prisoner. It was only after he redeemed himself (he was actually willing to die for her and for others) that she let herself get involved with him. He didn't change to get into her pants either, Snyder made it clear he truly did it for himself and because he wanted to. He really cared about other people. I think it made sense and it was executed well. It rightfully took Opal a long time to trust Devlen and what happened to her wasn't glossed over. I'm surprised that anyone who hated the idea of Opal forgiving Devlen and believing he had changed would read this book at all since Book 2 (Sea Glass) set this up. Anyways, it was great watching Opal grow in confidence and self esteem and let go of some of her black and white ideals (all of which Devlen helped her immensely with). That's really the best part of this trilogy and really all of Snyder's work I've read so far: they're really focused on character journeys, everything else is secondary. The characters drive the story not the plot. I will look for Snyder's new work in the future, I'm a fan.