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Destined (Wings) Hardcover – May 1, 2012
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Tamani looked at her gravely, and reached up to tuck her hair behind her ear.
He hesitated for an instant, then his hands found the sides of her face, pulling her to him. He didn't kiss her, just held her face close to his, their foreheads resting together, their noses almost touching.
She hated how much it felt like good-bye.
Laurel now knows the truth: Yuki is a rare Winter faerie, the most powerful—and deadly—of all, and Klea plans to use her to help conquer and destroy Avalon. But Klea's reach extends far beyond one wild Winter faerie. With Tamani, David, and Chelsea by her side, Laurel prepares to face what may be Avalon's final days, in the stunning conclusion to the Wings series.
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Laurel is too self-sacrificing and honestly sometimes very annoying. Laurel has definitely grown up from the very beginning of the first book and Laurel shows a lot of maturity in this book. There were several times that Laurel was very frustrating with her decision making in this story. It was nice getting to see why she makes the decisions that she does. Laurel really steps it up in this book and finally makes her decision on who she would like to be with. It is really nice that Pike finally made Laurel choose who she wanted to be with.
Tamani and David are both great characters. They were both surprising me in this book and they both love Laurel and want to be the very best for her. I absolutely loved Tamani from the very beginning. He was my favorite character throughout the entire series. Tamani is sweetly protective and very strong, he is never afraid to pick his battles and he would do anything for Laurel. He is loyal, strong, and has genuine love towards Laurel. Tamani tries to be a very honest guy and he tries to do what he believes is right. I didn't really like David at all; however in the newest edition of the Wings trilogy, I think David became a much better character. David is very brave and he is not afraid to offer his life for the greater good, which is very admirable. He doesn't hesitate for a moment to stand with Laurel and Tamani to save Avalon.
Aprilynne Pike has grown in her writing. Her first book was sweet but clearly the work of an inexperienced writer, she has matured in her writing and her story comes out beautifully. The ending was everything a fan could want. The end was gorgeous, it was bittersweet. The ending was very realistic and believable. The special part in the back of the book was the best. I think Wings fans will love it. I was pretty happy with the Wings series and I think Destined was a wonderful ending to the series.
Laurel's sole purpose of being sent to the human world was to guard the gate of Avalon, but Yuki has ripped that information from her mind and our stalwart heroes know it will not be long before the assault on Avalon begins. In the wake of Yuki's rescue, our friends race to get to Avalon to warn them of the imminent arrival of Lea with Yuki and any number of trolls.
They arrive in time to warn Avalon, but the Queen, foolish as she seems to be, heads back to the Palace her successor in tow and about 200 guards that will be essential in the defending of Avalon. In their arsenal, the young heroes have Jamison, another winter faerie. He takes them to the Palace where he relays the story of King Arthur and Excalibur. King Arthur, being a human, rose up and protected the court of Avalon with the mighty Excalibur, only it's not a myth and the sword is real and embedded in a stone. Jamison requests David take of the sword to defend Avalon once again.
With sword in hand, David becomes invincible, but he will be vulnerable if the sword falls from his hands. Leading the way, David with Tamani, Laurel and Chelsea head off to defend Avalon against the horde of trolls storming the gates.
While danger and the possibility of death has been central to every volume, none are more tense than this final volume. The stakes in the final battle are high with either side unwilling to give in. Laurel, Tamani and company fight to protect Avalon and the right to live another day, while Klea fights to right the wrongs perpetrated against her. Yuki fights for Klea with a misguided sense of loyalty. The battle does end, but at what cost?
Laurel also comes to understand who it is that holds her heart, finally at the end of all things. Where David and Tamani had been rivals for Laurel's attentions, now they become brothers in arms. Where Laurel and Chelsea are the best of friends, now she feels jealous of Chelsea's love of David. Laurel finally has to accept her own feelings for one as well as the hurt she must cause the other, but she must at last embrace one of the boys and let the other one go.
Within this final installment there is an overwhelming amount of sorrow and tragedy, but there is also love, joy and the celebration of life. It is never an easy thing to say goodbye to those we care about, but life moves on, and they remain, as they always were, locked in our hearts and minds.
Another character that I have loved from the start, Tam, also tore at my heart strings in this one. In DESTINED we get to see a side of him that we've never before experienced. We've always known him as being a strong and fierce leader when times got tough for Laurel and her friends. But now, we get to see his broken and shattered side, and it is utterly heartbreaking. For once in his life he has to rely on others and try to find his will to survive when hope is looking bleak. Will he be able to live in a world that Laurel doesn't exist? If there is ever a character that loved with his whole heart, it is Tam.
This is a must read if you have already gotten this far in the series. An absolute must. This series will always hold such a special place in my heart, as it was one of the first that had me falling in love with faeries. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. It is just so sad to say goodbye to such amazing, wonderful characters that I have loved over the last couple of years.