As far as gorgeous book covers goes, I think that one has to be in the top three. I have always had a weakness for book covers, and that series certainly delivers its promises on this, each cover getting better and better than the previous one. However, when it comes to talking about what’s inside, I hate to admit that I was a bit disappointed by this finale. I buddy-read this with the lovely Kat and Càtia, and this was a LOT of fun. Don’t forget to check out both of their reviews by clicking on their names!
AN INTERESTING CONCEPT FROM BEGINNING TO END
“Every moment, every day, we are all making something — whether it’s science or art, a relationship to a destiny — building it choice by choice, moment by moment.”
This series has some kind of crazy, crazy potential to be one of the best series out there – and I’m not saying it’s not, maybe it is for some people, unfortunately it wasn’t, for me. Traveling between worlds and multiple dimensions, where you know the whole world is different because of one unique decision sending the whole course of the world in a whole different way. Who never imagined what would be different if something did or did not happen? I always did, and for that, I really loved, right from the beginning of this series, exploring this. The world-building is, as always, a treasure of imagination – taking us in the blink of an eye from Egypt to Russia, from a life of archeology to a family life in the suburbs, really making us feel like we are reading a thousand different stories at a time and making this book really, really rich.
A FRUSTRATING MAIN CHARACTER
“But this role doesn’t need an adventurer as much as it needs someone who can… look at each world with fresh eyes. Who can perceive things deeply. Not an adventurer—an artist. You were the one we needed all along.”
As you know it by now, whether it’s fantasy or contemporary, my characters always hold a great deal of potential to me, and influences the way I feel about a book a lot. Here, unfortunately, I found myself having a hard time connecting and enjoying the main character, Marguerite. First of all, something has to be said about a particular event happening in the first book of this series, that I didn’t understand for what it was at the beginning, even if I felt uncomfortable about it. I won’t spoil anything here, but here is a link to Liam’s blog post mentioning this particular issue, and it’s very, very important to read and made me see this series, and Marguerite’s character differently while I was reading this book. About that, I really thought that she got off too easy with some terrible things she has done. Marguerite still felt very human and well-shaped, from the beginning of the series there is definitely some characters’ growth, however if she questioned her own actions, she didn’t really get the repercussions I wanted her to. Don’t get me wrong, I am really glad that everything ended up well, but maybe it was too well?
PACING, A BIT OF REPETITION BUT STRONG RELATIONSHIPS
“Fate doesn’t guarantee us a happy ending. We’re not promised to be together no matter what. But in dimension after dimension, world after world, fate gives us a chance. Our destiny isn’t some kind of mystical prophecy. Our destiny is what we do with that chance.”
This brings me to another point in my review, which is the overall pacing and evolution of the plot. I loved following Marguerite in her adventure through multiple worlds, the book was fast-paced. However, I thought that in 400 pages, it happened to be a bit repetitive, with actions following each other very quickly, but events being fairly similar and Marguerite not learning from her actions too much, or thinking to do deep in the root of the problem and just do from the start what would have been the best thing to do. All of this repetition could have easily been avoided, unfortunately, well, I had to deal with it for a good first part of the book.
If the repetitions and the main character weren’t my favorites, I can only say good things about the relationships here, especially the strong presence and role of Marguerite’s family in this book. How often can you say that the family has a role in fantasy books like that? If you have any book title in mind, let me know, please, because I’d love to read more. As far as relationships goes, Marguerite and Paul’s one, star-crossed lovers of some kind, evolved especially from Marguerite’s point of view. I found her learning that every Paul in the multiverse wasn’t hers, which was refreshing thank you, also I liked them together even if they weren’t my main ship here. My favorite character of the lot was Theo for sure – sweet, ready to sacrifice himself no matter which worlds they are in, and well, I shipped him with Marguerite right from the start and, erm, whyyyyyy. I was a bit sad to find out that he didn’t get too much “page time” in this book.
As for the ending, it was not perfect – Kat actually talked about it being a bit anti-climatic, and I kind of agree here. After the roller-coaster that this series was, somehow at the end I found the tension dying down and everything being resolved in the matter of a few pages ended up being a bit frustrating – I think I expected more from this somehow.
Despite my issues with this latest installment in this series, it was, ultimately, a good ending to a series that certainly deserves your attention if you like the idea of traveling between universe, fast-paced books and a good cast of characters.
Final rating: 4 drops (well, more like 3,5)!
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Claudia Gray, A Million Worlds With You (FireBird #3), Published by Harper Teen, Novermber 1st 2016.
A million universes. A million dangers. One destiny.
The fate of the multiverse rests in Marguerite Caine’s hands. Marguerite has been at the center of a cross-dimensional feud since she first traveled to another universe using her parents’ invention, the Firebird. Only now has she learned the true plans of the evil Triad Corporation—and that those plans could spell doom for dozens or hundreds of universes, each facing total annihilation.
Paul Markov has always been at Marguerite’s side, but Triad’s last attack has left him a changed man—angry and shadowed by tragedy. He struggles to overcome the damage done to him, but despite Marguerite’s efforts to help, Paul may never be the same again.
So it’s up to Marguerite alone to stop the destruction of the multiverse. Billions of lives are at stake. The risks have never been higher. And Triad has unleashed its ultimate weapon: another dimension’s Marguerite—wicked, psychologically twisted, and always one step ahead.