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Immortal at the Edge of the World (The Immortal Series) (Volume 3) Paperback – August 31, 2016
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The book is humorous, clever, and quite mentally stimulating. There are moments when you see our world from Adam's viewpoint and it's terrific how much we are apart, but also blissfully unaware of what happens all around us. Governments, financial institutions, religion and also the occasional driven mad scientist viewed through Adam's different sense of time makes for some interesting moments in the series. In a flashback, Adam ended an argument stating, "I have faith that if I see something impossible, an explanation will be found, one day, by someone." He sees the long view of many things, and has faith that somethings just work out on their own with time. Although, Adam also sometimes forgets this ideology and runs headlong into a danger, which for someone who is considered a god in some circles, makes the people around him seriously question how he has lived for as long as he has.
This book brings forth some fantastic ideas about our how much power can be wielded by the human race in some very terrifying ways, but to only be brought back to reality with how fragile it is. And if we take anything from Adam in how to deal with these immense ideas and powers, an alcoholic beverage is usually his first choice of defense. Which sums up the tone of much of this series. No matter how crazy life can be, Adam still finds pleasure in life: like modern plumbing and a chilled glass for his drink. Seriously, if you've ever had to dig a latrine in the woods(which I have), you'll quickly agree with Adam and the awesomeness of a toilet.
As far as how this trilogy ended, I think it was a good ending. We find out some answers about Adam's past, but it also leaves it open for further exploration of Adam's life (Christmas story *cough*).
Should you read this book and the rest in this series? Absolutely. This is a series that pulls you in with an concept wondered about by all, but done in a wonderfully clever way that will make you wanting more. It was actually the first thing I did when I finished the first book; I looked to see if a sequel was in the works. And was not disappointed in the least. Have fun.
At the same time he's also using his spare moments investigating the nature of reality, physics and hunting an artifact he's been after for the last 1000 years or so.
The story was fast paced and exciting, intersected with flashbacks through his considerable history. Most of the tone was light and quite funny. The supporting cast was also at a series best with Mirella a standout, but with characters like Jerry the alcoholic, arsonistic Ifrit and Sven the depressed vampire it made for colorful reading.
The story got better and better the more it went on and I found it genuinely hard to put down- especially at Adam's climatic meeting with Eve which finally gave the answers to the most enduring mysteries of the series.
While it's not necessary to have read the previous books it would definitely be an advantage.
All in all, if you enjoyed Adam's previous stories you will definately love this one!
I know what we heard Paul doesn't seem to be immortal but I wonder once Paul reaches an age that is comparable to the ages Adam and Eve appear to be, what would happen. I feel like the fact that Clara is not a natural immortal like Adam and Eve might effect him. My weird dissatisfaction though, I know Adam only recently decided to care, but I still feel restless about the origin story of both Adam and Eve. I mean, are they Fae? Were they ever children? I feel like Adam related some early memories of being part of a family but that he couldn't focus. And didn't it seem like Eve was saying while Adam's tribe had the mortal children, there were others like him in the tribe? Where are they now? Where did Eve and her people come from?
Doucette has a wonderful storytelling voice. The flashbacks were seamless with modern day, and the book moved along nicely without feeling rushed. I thought the ending was almost perfect. The MacGuffin is dealt with, and we're given some answers, but comfortably allowed to fill in some of the blanks ourselves, much like the protagonist Adam has to.
Start at the first book, and enjoy this thoughtful urban fantasy series.
I also recommend the Immortal Chronicles, as a great companion trilogy that adds a lot of flavor to the Immortal's world.
I recommend this book and series to anyone who likes urban fantasy. I'm currently big into the genre and I would rank this near the top of the list. I hope word of the series spreads and the author is elevated to the success which this book deserves.
FYI... I seldom rank 5/5 so a rank of 4/5 is near the top of my personal range.