Author: Aimee Carter
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: February 26th, 2013
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Picking up nine months after the conclusion of the second novel, this final book in the series was action-packed and kept me flipping pages like a mad-woman until I finished! There were some really great emotions throughout this book; both extremes of happiness and sadness were present in abundance, making me enjoy this roller coaster ride of emotions. There was even a little bit of death in this book. While quite sad, especially because it was one of the more major characters and someone whom you would not expect to die, I thought it was very realistic: after all, there can't be a book about war without at least one person dying who isn't a nameless, faceless person.
I also really enjoyed watching Kate and Henry's relationship. After the rough patches that they faced in the previous book, the two successfully worked everything out and it was wonderful to see them together. They definitely built off of and made each other stronger throughout the book, especially when they were fighting other enemies. I also enjoyed seeing them with their new baby son, Milo; they each made great parents and together the three were a fantastic, loving family. In addition to the growth that occurs in Henry and Kate's relationship, many of the minor characters grew throughout the course of the final novel, particularly in comparison with the first book: Walter begins to realize that even as the head of the family he is not always right, Ava takes responsibility for her actions which have not always been the most righteous, and James discovers that it may be time for him to settle down, though he does not lose his charming attitude and witty humor.
I found it a little anticlimactic that the war just kind of stopped at the end of the novel. After the death of a loved one, the end of the war did not seem like something to celebrate, and so it kind of just went away. The ending of the book, however, was generally happy and most of the characters resolved their issues. Yet at the same time, it was still a sad ending both because the trilogy was finished and because of all the casualties and other horrible things that had occurred during the war.
Overall, this was a great book and a great series! I am sad to see the end of this trilogy, especially because I feel as if Carter could write more about these interesting and complex characters, but I still loved the book. For those of you who have not yet read this series, you should definitely check it out if you like Greek Mythology, romance, and action!