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- Print Length: 314 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1773400037
- Publisher: Amy Braun (February 7, 2017)
- Publication Date: February 7, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01NGZ2ZVM
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Nevertheless, the novel certainly took me on a fun ride! I'm not a major fan of dystopian novels because they seem to be deeply rooted in human despair and carnage, but the steampunk and pirate feel of the series made the fight for humanity an enriching and exciting one.
From the get-go, Braun is able to ensure the reader is caught up to speed on who is who in the series and what you might've missed if you jumped in late like I did. I appreciated even the physical descriptions of the Hellions so I could keep up with the world building and what the baddies are up to. She was able to fill me in without slowing down the plot or rushing.
As always, I'm impressed with Braun's knack for describing action and fighting. There's a lot of hand-to-hand combat and dueling, and her description flow is easy to follow and creative. The only annoyance was the over-use of certain phrases of wind rushing out of the lungs and other descriptors for pain. Since the characters often take severe blows to the head and other sensitive areas, it seemed a bit excessive that they would experience such excruciating pain and either run away or not pass out.
Without giving too much away, I would say this ending was exciting and worth the buildup and tension created throughout the novel—and I'm sure the rest of the series. You can tell Braun enjoyed writing this series and her joy and talent shine through the characters and the narrative.
When this all started, I wasn't all too keen on Claire but she grew on me in the second book and was great this time around. I liked that she continued to hold her own and came out a strong heroine which she had the potential for in the previous books. It was nice to see her come fully into her own.
And thankfully Sawyer changed this time around too. I could stand his character (thankfully). I still don't ship him with Claire but at least I didn't hate him this time.
At the end of the day, Braun delivered on the world-building she set out with in Crimson Sky and put her characters through the gauntlet, going darker than ever before to create quite the emotional ride. Was I on that ride? Well, not entirely, but it was a fun ride for me, at least.
It's weird. I've made it through this trilogy and don't really have much to say. It was a fun read. I don't think I'd re-read the series but I can't say I wouldn't recommend it. The Dark Sky series ends on an action-packed note
Quick Reasons: can we talk about this cover?!; can we talk about THIS SERIES?!; awesome, complex, strong-willed characters; satisfying end; trigger warning for sensitive readers; this whole journey was filled with heartbreak, horror, and darkly intense atmospheres; I'm sad to see it end, but so happy to have read it
---Darkness. I woke up to it, I fell asleep to it. It was everything I saw, everything I touched, everything I dreamed.
And now I was creating it.---
Wheeeeeew, penguins. This was an intense, bitter-sweet ending to a journey that I've adored and been in awe of these last few years. And I don't mean bitter-sweet in terms of the way this series ended...but instead that it had to end at all. I've fallen so deeply in love with this world, and these characters... I'm sad to see them go. I know one of the first things I intend to do, as soon as I'm able, is buy these books in physical copies--I NEED them on my shelves. I mean, just the covers alone are GOOOOORGEOUS; whoever designed these books did an A++ job on it, seriously. But the stories?! The stories inside are just as gorgeous, and I need them in more than one form. NEED, penguins.
Let's talk gritty for a minute, though. This is a courtesy trigger warning for sensitive readers--certain difficult topics are broached and handled throughout. These include, but are not necessarily limited to: rape; physical assault; physical abuse. These are, by far, the biggest that I found. Please be careful if you decide to pick this series up--keep yourselves safe! While most scenes are brief and not overly detailed, there were some difficult moments, so keep this in mind.
---"I wasn't asking for good ideas," I pointed out. "You said this place is a source of the Vesper's power. That means he'll be vulnerable if I destroy it. He won't have power, and he won't have an army."
Riley's eyebrow rose. "You want to destroy an entire building?" He took in my sharp stare, then shook his head. "Of course you do. You're always blowing things up."
I frowned. "It's not always on purpose."---
These characters are just... They're going to haunt me for a while to come. They are well-rounded and realistic, and while they've made some judgement calls I'm not sure I agree with... I love them. I love them all so hardcore, I can't even. The plot is action-packed, filled with drama, and just SO epic I can't even begin to explain. Amy Braun knows how to ratchet up the tension, and she does so twenty-fold in this book especially. I found myself unhinged in several key instances, both glued to the pages and wanting to fling the book away in "NO NO NO don't hurt me again!" pleas. These, of course, went mostly unheard.
In the end, this was a WILD ride--from page one, book one to the last closing words. I have, once again, been reminded why I need to pick up more steampunk novels--they always wind up being some of my favorites, and this series is no exception! I definitely recommend this journey to lovers of alien vampires, cloud-surfing pirates, and plots that are more like delicious action stew. Amy Braun, this series has turned the cogs in my penguin heart; I cannot wait to see what the future has in store for your writing! Take down the Hellions with me, penguins; let's save the world!
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I can’t tell you how sad I am to see this series end. Once upon a time, Amy Braun sent an email to me, the owner of a tiny blog, and asked me to read her...Read more