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- Listening Length: 6 hours and 6 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Dreamscape Publishing
- Audible.com Release Date: October 26, 2017
- Language: English
- ASIN: B076TB8ZJ4
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The Hands of Time: Elementals, Book 5 Audiobook – Unabridged
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This book did not disappoint and as usual the pace was fast without a lot of unwanted drama.
About the characters Blake and Chris were the heroes as usual and were honorable and brave till the end. They thought of the big picture and their ultimate goal in everything they did.
Kate was as usual very down to the earth and level headed in all situations. Daneille as per me takes the cake. She as per me was the heroine of the entire series instead of Nichole.She was very smart, brave, strategic planner and executor. She did not jump to get the "noble", or "honorable" title just like that without thinking it through. Nichole on the other hand just felt like an idiot and a very selfish person to me. I get it that she did not want Blake to die but she didn't mind if Daneille died and she almost forced it, talked and made it very clear she wanted Daneille to be the one to sacrifice her life instead of Blake.I though Daneille had all characters of a demigod and Nichole had nothing other than then the privilege of being born as Apollo's daughter.
All in all a very good read and a very satisfactory ending. There are no loose ends left for imagination.
This is one of the most fast paced and action packed YA fantasy series that I have ever read. Each book is like a short action movie that keeps you glued to your seat until you reach the end. Michelle Madow may want to consider writing movie scripts, because I think she would be phenomenal at it.
Elementals 5: The Hands of Time picks up where every book in this series does, right where the last one left off. I love that, because we never have to miss one moment of the action. After obtaining everything they need to stop Typhon from rising and the portal to Kerberos from being opened, the elementals are faced with a heartbreaking decision that will require the ultimate sacrifice. Nicole, Blake, Chris, Kate, and Danielle have consistently given their all, and never quit despite the seemingly insurmountable odds they have been faced with. What happens when that's not good enough? What happens when you really are out of options and you are forced to make a choice that will change someone's life forever?
What an awesome journey we have been on over the course of the 5 books in this series! It certainly has been a long, perilous, and exhilarating adventure. This amazing group has traveled throughout our world, into other dimensions, and even through time.
Watching these kids change and grow into the heroes they have become was a magical experience. None of the characters are perfect by any means. They have realistic human reactions, emotions, desires, and faults. That is part of what makes them relatable, and in a book full of fantastical things, it's nice to still be able to relate to the characters.
The end of this series left me with a smile on my face, but it was also bittersweet. I am glad to see the way everything turned out, but I am sad to say goodbye at the same time. :( All in all, the author delivered a satisfying conclusion without leaving anything hanging.
If you are a fan of YA fantasy, this is a must read!! The writing is engaging, the story is intriguing, and the characters are perfectly imperfect. Michelle Madow has become an autobuy author for me. After you read this series, I'm sure she will become one for you, too!
Book #5: Elementals Series
Source: ARC from author
My Rating: 5/5 stars
It’s tricksy being the Scooby Gang of the mythological world. There’s always one immortal being or another you’re on the lookout for, you’re all descended from one immortal being or another, and you’re often not sure which immortal beings are actually on your side. Turns out, when the fate of the entire known world hangs in the balance and you’re the chosen ones, so to speak, nearly all the immortal beings are on your side.
With reversals in time, changes of fortune, some serious research, and one damn difficult, life altering decision to make, the Scooby Gang has no time to rest. Turns out, the rising of Typhon, which has, to date been the group’s most important task turns into almost a side note in this fifth and final read of the Elementals series. With so much going on, and without being too spoilerish, this book takes the reader on a world wind ride across time and space. There are dragons (YES!!!), gods, goddesses, demi-gods, primordial beings, and mere mortals. The population of the core group shifts dramatically as they face Typhon and the closing of the portal to Kerberos.
From the opening pages of this read, the reader is thrown head-long into crazy. There are numerous long explanations, some backstory, and decisions that would tax even the oldest among us. The KIDS are asked to decide who will give up their life in order to seal the portal to Kerberos. As a demigod, Nichole has to be involved in the sealing process and Chris has other issues that keep him from being the one. This leave Danielle and Blake and I think we all know by now how that’s going to go down Needless to say, the group works until the very last moment looking for a way to save everyone only to be told, there is no other way. One among them must be sacrificed in order to save the world.
The Bottom Line: The Hands of Time is truly a wild and crazy ride that I most willingly went on. Knowing this is the final book in the series, I expected quite a ride and certainly got that and more. I expected the bulk of the book to be about the defeat of Typhon, but was surprised to find that task actually played only a small part in the overall plot. What took up the bulk of the read was the closing of the portal to Kerberos. Madow really went all out with this part of the plot. The decisions the kids faced caused them to fracture as a group, pull together as a group, and make choices that no child should ever have to face. The Hands of Time runs the gamut of emotions from happiness to stark fear, love to hatred, and hopefulness to desolation. Though I hated to see some events happen, I will say I have tremendous respect for an author who is willing to kill off a character because it is simply right for the plot. Madow is true to her plot and her characters and by the end of the read I found myself quite satisfied with the end of this series. Some of the satisfaction came in the very last pages in what I can only describe as a damn-near perfect epilogue!