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I seriously think the author had no idea what she wanted the rules of the game to be, and was figuring it out as she went along. In one section of the book, the rules for the game are explained one way, then all the sudden the characters are discussing the rules in an entirely different way, as if we were supposed to know that they changed somehow. Unless I skipped massive chapters here and there, which is possible, considering I slept through most of it, she just straight up switched the rules around to accommodate whatever part of the story she was working on in that moment. To say the rules of the game were all over the place is a massive understatement. I just didn't get it. Oh, I understood it- but I just didn't get it.
First, it was all- four must play, two Will Survive. Then it was- everybody has to participate, but only two Will Survive. Then at some point, it was said that not everyone had to participate, but one of each element had to be represented. But then they said, well if Earth was dead, one of the elements could just step in for him, which throws the whole "one of each element" theory out the window. Then it became, if you don't participate you automatically died. Blah blah freaking blah.
The author also never bothered to create a strong mythology, from which the entire story really should have been based upon. What was the deal with the four elements? Did they go back to the beginning of time, before humans were around? Did they always appear in human form? Before the game began back in ancient Greece, did they normally walk amongst humans and interact with them? Who are the other deities that they eventually overpowered? What the hell is the shadow realm, and why did we never get a conclusion to that storyline? A good paranormal novel has a solid history and mythology the ties the whole thing together. Completely lacking in this entire series.
And please don't get me started on all of the other tedious overtures. Like Emma feeling guilty about wishing harm on the man that raped her. And Emma and Will constantly second-guessing themselves, then incessantly trying to Buck each other up. And them constantly trying to figure out the game, when clearly the author didn't even know what was going on. Last but not least, the lovey-dovey crap between the two of them was just annoying an unimaginative. Bleck.
Then to top it all off, the grand culmination after 4 books worth of storytelling, the end came with absolutely zero closure, and none of the loose ends tied up. I thought Jake was going to bring back the shadows and begin some new Shadow apocalypse?
Ugh. Who cares. I need to go read Karen Marie Moning's fever series for the 20th time, that will get this bad taste out of my mouth... That woman can tie up a loose end like nobody's business.
This has been a wonderful series where the written word has been tested over and over to keep our attention. There are no graphic details of sexual encounters and in-depth bloodbaths. Instead there is fierce sex born of love and destruction viewed from two points of view, those fighting for good and those fighting for evil. We are swept up in the emotions the aftermaths bring forth, and this occurs right to the last page. Our connections are strong and that is what writing is all about. Connecting the reader to the text no matter what genre. Thanks for a great series.
I Love how Emma and Will's relationship strengthens and grows. Even though they are faced with impossible situations and decisions, their love grows stronger. Will and Emma are both ready to sacrifice themselves for each other. That is how strong their love for each other is and you feel that as you read.
But there is definitely so much more than romance in this book. The supernatural element is intriguing and makes for a fun and interesting read. The fight/action scenes are described in a way that help you imagine what is happening.
I was an the edge of my seat reading to find out how it all plays out. The last chapters will keep you guessing on how it could possibly end well for Emma, Will and Jake. I was actually crying throughout the last couple of chapters, be prepared to feel the emotions.