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Afterglow (Wildefire) Paperback – November 4, 2014
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Gr 9 Up-Readers will not be able to keep up with the events in this finale if they haven't read Wildefire (2011) and Embers & Echoes (2012, both S & S). Ashline, 16, is attempting to finally put an end to the plans of Colt, a trickster god who ultimately wants to destroy the world. He also wants to bring back Pele, who was split into three separate souls as punishment for her ill deeds, and Ashline and her sisters are his target. If he kills them in just the right way, he can save his lady love. Ashline and several other gods of various pantheons are fighting to stay alive and to stop Colt from restoring all of the evil gods who have been banished to the netherworld. The basic idea of the book seems awesome, especially bringing in Polynesian gods and other non-Western pantheons. Unfortunately, the execution is a bit shaky and the characters are not fully realized. Keeping track of all the plot twists, and ignoring the gaping holes, makes it difficult to suspend disbelief and fully dive into the tale. The ending makes everything even more difficult to swallow, as the story is written from Ashline's point of view but the final chapter is set in the future with her ancestor using her "published novels" (this trilogy) in order to best Colt for the last time. All in all, a great idea but disappointing in execution. Buy this one for fans of the first two books.-Saleena L. Davidson, South Brunswick Public Library, Monmouth Junction, NJα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journal. LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Ashline Wilde, contemporary teen and reincarnated Polynesian volcano goddess, calls on her considerable powers as she attempts to save her sisters, her parents, and the world from the evil machinations of Colt, the manipulative trickster god. A sequel to Wildefire (2011) and Embers & Echoes (2012), the book offers potent magic and plenty of action. In addition to moving the three-volume narrative forward to a conclusion, Knight fills in the backstory of Ash’s intense, centuries-old connection with Colt, her former lover. Though quite readable, the book is long on action and short on convincing relationships. Recommended for fans of the Wildefire series. Grades 8-10. --Carolyn Phelan --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Once Sir John reaches Exeter we meet all the main characters in the later mysteries -- his wife Matilda, Thomas De Payne, Sir Richard de Revelle, the men of Castle Rougemont and the delectable Nesta. The book fills in the back story of how Nesta became his mistress, how he met Thomas and how he became Crowner. There is an interested description of his buying and remodelling his house in town. There are three minor nurders to solve but they are not crimes explored in depth as in the later series, but they help fill in the last part of the book.
If you don't know the series this is a good book to start with - but be warned - it is not nearly as exciting as the series, so try the series even if you did not like this book. In a sense this book is more for afficionados of the series as it answers questions left unexplained in the series. I am glad I have it as I have the whole series. But I doubt I will reread it.
First let me say that I have the audio book also ao I will mention a few words about that. The audio book is NOT read by Paul Matthews who has done all the rest but rather by Colin Mace who is not quite as good as Paul Matthews.
Ashline watches friend die and still struggles to save those she loves. She fights for the life she wants to live rather than the live the life Colt has planned for her. She gather allies including her estranged sister Eve. The final battle requires a major sacrifice.
I really liked the solution Ash comes up with to protect the next reincarnations of the gods. I thought it was quite creative. This was an enjoyable trilogy. I liked that the kids were current incarnations of gods from a wide variety of mythologies.
Fans of fantasy with a modern setting will enjoy this trilogy.
There are SO MANY characters that are introduced over the course of this series. And most only last a few pages, or maybe a chapter. I've often said that sometimes YA books seem to steer clear of 'death' or 'tragedy' because it's for a 'younger audience' and that isn't the case here...but because all these characters just show up and then leave, there's no attachment to them and therefore their absence isn't really a factor for the reader.
Even the 'main' characters aren't the well developed, with the exception of Ash and to a lesser degree Eve (but only at the very end).
Despite my overall dislike of this series, it's obvious that the author is very creative. The epilogue is one of the best things I've read in a long time. It worked so perfectly and resolved by feelings of 'how is he going to counter this' in just a few pages.
But that shining moment wasn't enough to save the series. This is one I won't read again.
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