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The Rising (Darkness Rising) Hardcover – April 2, 2013
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Gr 8 Up-On the run from two powerful Cabals that want to control their supernatural abilities, Maya Delaney and company are struggling to find the answers they need to master their powers, to make sense of their situation and determine whom they can trust. Following a lead, they discover Maya's twin brother, Ash, who is gifted but not a shape-shifter like Maya. He is able to share some key information that convinces her and her friends that they must fight the Cabals to regain some semblance of normalcy. In this conclusion to the trilogy, Armstrong expertly weaves an action-packed plot full of intrigue and suspense with a dynamic cast of characters. Readers will identify with the issues of friendship, trust, belonging, and betrayal, and with Maya's emotional turmoil over her feelings for Rafe and Daniel. A captivating read that includes a stunning conclusion featuring characters from Armstrong's "The Darkest Powers" trilogy (HarperCollins).-Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NYα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Skinwalker Maya Delaney, adopted Native American star student and athlete, grew up on a tiny island near Vancouver in a protected community, attending a specialized private school and glorying in her close friendships and the beautiful natural surroundings. When she realized her paw-shaped birthmark actually meant she could change into a cougar, she also learned that she and other young people with her abilities had been raised as research subjects. Having spent most of the second book running from pursuers, Maya and her friends turn and fight in this final volume of the Darkness Rising trilogy, challenging the two powerful cabals hunting down the paranormal teenagers. There are plot twists galore and an overly full cast of characters, which unfortunately means Maya’s first-person narrative is necessarily heavy on explanations, deflating the more authentic teen voice of earlier titles. However, romance readers will enjoy the predictable yet satisfying resolution of Maya’s conflicted romance, and action fans will savor the many cinematic moments, as the teens evade their pursuers, plot revenge, and settle family differences, all the while continuing to develop their special powers. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: This title wraps up the New York Times best-selling Darkness Rising trilogy (The Gathering, 2011; The Calling, 2012) with an impressive national marketing campaign that includes a book trailer. Grades 7-11. --Debbie Carton
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I found a plot hole. When Nadia is kidnapped by Roland and she cuts herself in the trunk there was an awful lot of blood. That blood would be left behind in the trunk to connect her to the car wreck. Even if they setup looked like a crash there would also be the shot out tire from Jack/John. Nothing was clean in that one.
Otherwise, I enjoyed the story and I'm glad Nadia got closure of a sort for her past. The game they played with Koss at the end was too pat but still satisfying, although I don't know how Koss or anyone in the vigilante organization could be tagged without their knowledge...
It sounds like I'm being nit picky but they're just things I notice in the story while I read. I like Jack, I like Nadia. Quinn is a jerk. Evelyn is cagey. The moral compass is a little shady for everyone but their quick verbal exchanges and wit are fun.
All told, it's a good romp.
But never far from Nadia's mind is the truth of why she became a cop in the first place, and maybe why killing comes so naturally to her . . . when she was just 13-years-old, Nadia and her cousin Amy were kidnapped. Nadia got away, Amy didn't. After a botched trial, her murderer walked free.
Drew Aldrich and the memory of Amy's death have haunted Nadia ever since, but when Aldrich resurfaces (under a new alias) finding him sets off a chain-reaction in the murky underworld of hired assassins and puts Nadia in grave danger.
`Wild Justice' is the third and (long overdue) final book in Kelley Armstrong's `Nadia Stafford' thriller trilogy.
The first book in this series was `Exit Strategy', released back in 2007. Armstrong introduced readers to disgraced but gutsy Nadia Stafford; gun for hire and ex-cop whose name and reputation had been dragged through the mud after she shot an unarmed criminal. That was a few years ago, and when we first meet Nadia she's a lodge-owner moonlighting as a hitman. In that first book, Nadia joined forces with her older hitman mentor, Jack, to hunt down a serial killer by using herself as bait. Teaming up with Nadia and Jack were his own mentor, Evelyn, and US Marshall with a vigilante gig on the side, Quinn.
The second book came out in 2009, `Made to be Broken' teamed the foursome up again, this time to look for a vanished teenage girl and her baby. The second book teased out the relationships which were hinted at in `Exit Strategy' - mainly a flirtation between Nadia and Quinn, a deep dislike between the two men and the realization that Nadia would like something more with her mentor, Jack . . .
And then came the long, long, long wait for the final book. For a while it seemed that Kelley Armstrong was either too busy with `Women of the Otherworld' and its spin-offs to ever feasibly write Nadia's conclusion, or none was ever planned. This, despite `Made to be Broken' having ended on an emotional cliffhanger that left fans reeling.
Well, it's been four long years but finally we have `Wild Justice' - the third and final book in Nadia Stafford's story that addresses a traumatic and defining event from her childhood, and provides fans with some satisfying closure in our favourite hitman's private life.
When the book begins Nadia is reeling after an assignment goes horribly wrong. Coming to pull her out of a guilt-spiral, Jack arrives with more than just words of wisdom to comfort his young protégé . . . he has something more, better - Jack's located the man who murdered Nadia's cousin, and got away with murder.
But finding Drew Aldrich sets off a chain-reaction in the criminal underworld, and Nadia finds herself needing protection and help from Jack, Evelyn and Quinn once again.
This book snuck up on me, I've got to admit. I'd wanted it for so long that when it finally arrived, I was totally blindsided because I'd long ago convinced myself the day would never come and Nadia's story would forever be open-ended. But from the very first page it was easy to slip back into this story alongside Nadia Stafford - once again picking up the thread of her traumatised childhood and searing vengeance that so determined her initial career as a cop, and then her decision to keep on killing as a hitman.
Something that really shone for me in this book (and was a big reason I fell in love with the series to begin with) was how many tropes Armstrong avoids. Much like loyal and strong Elena in `Women of the Otherworld', Nadia Stafford is not your typical heroine - and she's definitely not like the female assassins of Hollywood. Forget Angelina Jolie, stiletto chases and cocktail murders - Nadia Stafford has girl-next-door looks and a down-to-earth disposition. She's self-determined and clever, lets very few people get close to her and prefers her quiet life in the Canadian wilds. She's a great dichotomy of perfectly ordinary woman leading a quietly extraordinary and deadly double-life.
I was so grateful that Armstrong addresses Nadia's love life in this book, and gives readers a most satisfying conclusion. I won't give anything away, but Armstrong beautifully balances the heat and built-up tension with the furiously paced whodunit.
And the mystery at the heart of `Wild Justice' is a doozey. Armstrong planted this way back in `Exit Strategy' - setting up Nadia's childhood trauma and survivor's guilt over her cousin's death. That long arc story really pays off in this book, as it's intricately linked to Nadia's personal barriers and killer instinct.
`Wild Justice' may have been a long four years in coming, but it was well worth the wait. Here is a fine farewell for everyone's favourite hitman, Nadia Stafford, in a conclusion that has far-reaches to the beginning of the series and roots in our heroines' psyche. A brilliantly plotted and satisfying farewell to one of my favourite thriller series.
Nadia is a bad-ass and classy woman. She has spine and wits. She's doesn't come across as a heroine in this tale, more like a person who had to adapt her morals in order to survive. The struggles she faces with herself and others, het numerous attempts to not stray from the path and go completely rogue are well depicted, you struggle with her. When people propose things to her, you want to scream in her head, don't take it!
Jack is the silent guardian type. He's strong, he's protective but he knows and trusts Nadia. Though he can be overbearing, he evolves and respects the room Nadia needs to grow. You literally see him soften and open up to Nadia. The dynamics are a great read.
In short this story was satisfying both, romantically and psychologically. The plots and twists added momentum and provided the needed suspense. All in all good read.
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I'm glad to see that the Nadia Stafford books got a proper ending. I only wished this book was paced a little bit faster.Read more