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And that's the magic of Addison Lane. She has taken a world that is so wildly imaginative, filled with fairies and witches and airships, and made it into something very real. Her characters and their struggles are all so relatable, and her city, so strange and unbelievable with its towering plates, really is home. She writes about reality through the lens of fantasy. And while this is certainly nothing usual for fantasy writers, the way Lane does it is somehow different; in the end, it's the reality that will stick with you most.
Without spoiling anything, there are some very emotionally raw moments in this novel, woven expertly into some of the most exciting action of the series. But Lane has a particular way of handling poignancy, too, which you can see throughout the trilogy, but which is especially notable here. Some writers will beat you over the head with angst and emotional backstory, but Lane will not. Her art is subtle and cleverly restrained. She will, instead, hand you these moments of brutal human vulnerability like a small keepsake, perhaps wrapped in a scrap of worn flannel. It's just there, honest as a stone in the palm of your hand, and the choice to unwrap this precious gift is yours.
Having now finished with the series, I feel a little lonely. I'm going to miss this weird, politically turbulent, layer cake of a city. Just as much as I'm genuinely going to miss this colorful, lovable, detestable cast of characters. I've come to think of Fergus, Terry, Guillory, Jane, Ursula, and all the rest as a part of my life now. Not quite friends (that's probably too generous for some of these scoundrels), but certainly like real people that I know and even love. It will be strange to move on, knowing that their story has come to an end. It will be strange to leave New Peiling behind.
I've written about these books at length already, so I will just conclude by saying they are wonderful. Addison Lane is an exciting writer, who has given me a real treat this summer. I feel the doors of fantasy have been blown wide open for me, and like I have maybe had a small adventure of my own. Something that hasn't happened in a long, long time.
Really, though: airships. What more do you need?