Thursday, January 1, 2015

Badass Books: Strange & Ever After

While I started Strange & Ever After at the end of 2014, I finished it the first day of 2015. I can't think of a better way to kick off the New Year, especially since I want more than anything (ok not anything but I want it a lot) to read more this year. I have to say, this was a beautiful, beautiful end to this series.

I won't go into too much detail, as I don't want to spoil the series for anyone, but if you like historical fantasy with badass heroines and a lot of magic, add this book to your list.

Summary (from Goodreads):

In the conclusion to the trilogy that Publishers Weekly called “a roaring—and addictive—gothic world,” Eleanor Fitt must control her growing power, face her feelings for Daniel, and confront the evil necromancer Marcus...all before it’s too late.

Why I Read It: I picked this series up the year it launched because the first book came out just as I was preparing to start on my own historical fantasy, so I wanted to read a historical fantasy to kick it off. This series has been a companion to me, and it seems only appropriate that I finished it the day after I finished the final big revision of my own Stars & Stripes before going on submission.

ZOMG Yes! As I've said in my reviews of the other novels in this series, the characters are phenomenal. Eleanor is so terribly real. And the treatment of this dark magic--necromancy--is just wonderful. Susan Dennard has taken something that sounds inherently evil (raising the dead? um hello) and created questions in the readers' mind.

kthxbai I hate saying goodbye to this series, but Susan nailed it. The ending tore through me, as any good ending should do, but it was so very right. All the Chiweenies to Susan Dennard!

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