O! M!! G!!!!
Did I just finish one of the most amazing finale of an equally amazing trilogy???
God damn! This book is just…I’m speechless, to be honest. It is so so so so so good!!!
I am extremely lucky that NetGalley and Penguins Random House trusted me with this ARC. I am so so mesmerized and also a little bit traumatized by this book. It tore apart my heart and also gave me one of the most thrilling and memorable finale to an epic trilogy. I am just a mess, a puddle of emotions right now.
Since the first page to the last, the author kept us up in our most alert state, giving us such a book which kept me devouring it entirely and wishing for more. Honestly, I flipped the pages in my Aldiko app looking for one more chapter, just one more chapter to live a tiny bit longer in this breathtakingly awesome world and get to be more with the coolest of characters.
Ms. Arden, I’m a huge fan now!!
So the book picks up where it left off in the previous book. Moscow is in a state of disarray, after the huge fire and the subsequent snowstorm left the general populace scattered and scared. And you know what happens when people are scared? That’s right, the Bear lounges. And boy does he do! Together with a certain character, he unleashes his utter scheme to terrify and overpower the humans, in order to establish a world where the Chyerti won’t be forgotten and forsaken.
Ms. Arden brings loose threads of both The Bear and the Nightingale and The Girl in the Tower in this epic conclusion. All the little breadcrumbs she had left behind in both the previous books are tied up in a prefect knot here. The first half of the book will tear apart your heart layer by layer until you are a sobbing mess.
But…in the latter half, you just get sucker-punched by so much awesomeness and exciting things you are left off gaping and eyes widened.
As for the characters, OMG I just wanted them to be real you know.
I mean, in the first half, our girl Vasya has her The Dark Night of the Soul moment, when everything goes wrong for our fierce little girl. But boy oh boy, she does turn out such badass in the second half. She just turns 180° in her badassery (dunno if that’s a word) and just smashes everything like Thor OMG!
I mean, forget the little village girl from The Bear and the Nightingale. That girl is gone! And it is for the good! From the recklessly lovely village girl who drew the wrong attention from Father Konstantin, she grows so much more into the fierce little fireball she now is. I cannot stop fangirling about her. She is the type of girl who makes mistakes but doesn’t whine or lament on it and thus waste time. She shakes off the embarrassment/regret and does her job to minimize or fix things. She is just so inspiring like OMG!!!
And Sasha? Oh my poor baby Sasha! He is the most adorable character here (okay, tied with Morozko) and he is the kind of big brother any girl would want. Protective, fatherly and brotherly, affectionate, forgiving, nurturing and what not. I just wanna hug him tight and pat him on the back saying “YOU ARE THE BEST BIG BROTHER A GIRL CAN EVER GET!!!!” And this is coming from someone who never had a brother and never wanted one.
And Morozko, our other cinnamon roll baby? Oh my God, I just love him so so much! As you know from book 2, he becomes much more than an ally to Vasya, but he becomes much much MUCH more here in book 3. He is just so cute! His humble yet adorable way of showing affection to those he love is just heartwarming. Gosh, I feel hot!
And the Bear? Although he is the antagonist, he is the antagonist you want. Equal amount the embodiment of horror and humor, he is almost like Loki, you know.
I dunno if Ms. Arden wrote the Morozko-Medved brother duo while watching Thor-Loki pair on MCU movies, but boy these two brother pairs are so alike!
And in the latter quarter of the book, the Bear becomes someone I like too! Never have I ever thought I’d say this though. But the Bear becomes one of the most interesting villains in young adult fantasy genre in my opinion.
Last but not least, I wanna punch and kick and throttle and torture Father Konstantin so so much! Ugh!!! He is the most intolerable and annoying character I’ve met so far, almost equalling with Dolores Umbridge. Gosh, he is insufferable! At one point, I really wanted to become the Hulk and smash him across the ground like in The Avengers.
As for the rest of the book, I loved how Ms. Arden brings in so many cool Chyerti characters who bring in both good and bad parts of the Chyerti world. Through the whole trilogy, she showed us good and bad sides of both humans and Chyerti and how much we resemble. These two parallel worlds are no different from each other. Gosh, I love it!
So there you have it. My long long fangirling review of this epic conclusion. I was in for a thrilling ride and every bit of it was worth it. If you have read the previous two books, get ready for this! And if you haven’t, gosh dang what are you waiting for? Pick this series up and immerse into a world of magic like never before.
Thank you NetGalley UK and Penguins Random House for trusting me with the ARC. I hope my review did this book justice.