Jennifer Estep delivers a fitting farewell with this series finale to her Mythos Academy series. It’s the big face off between Gwen and Loki. I wasn’t sure how our heroine was going to pull it off, but in the end, I thought it was a resolution that satisfies.
As the story begins, Gwen and her friends are enjoying a small reprieve from the onslaught of Reaper attacks. It’s clear, though, that it’s only the calm before the storm. The Protectorate has a new stack of relics that the Reapers are targeting. Gwen and her team have to figure out which item the bad guys want — and why. That sets off the string of events that leads them to the final confrontation.
I’ve always kind of felt like Gwen seems younger than characters her age in other YAs. This is most apparent in the way she speaks and in her very chaste relationship with Logan. I guess I expected her to mature more over the course of the series. And in some ways, I suppose she does. But there are other times, she seems even younger than 16… like when she chooses her personal feelings over the greater good –or when she mourns the deaths of statues over human beings. She is willing to make a big sacrifice before all is said and done, but she still seems like someone closer to 13 or 14 rather than 16 or 17.
On the positive side, I felt Estep did a good job pulling together various elements and characters introduced over the course of the series. It really gives it all a cohesive feeling… like Estep had designed everything to build to this particular conclusion. It felt as though everything in the previous books has had a purpose, which is cool.
The ending ties up everything nice and neat. Maybe a little too perfect (with the peek into the future,) but I’ll take that over the alternative. If you’ve enjoyed the series up to this point, I feel confident you’ll be happy with how it all plays out.
*ARC Provided by Kensington
Click to purchase: Amazon
by Jennifer Estep
Release Date: February 25, 2014