A satisfying ending to a very good series. It starts just minutes after the end of King’s Cage, where Mare is reeling from being betrayed by Cal choosing the crown over her. I wasn’t really all that surprised by this because as much as he loves Mare and has been open to the red plight but he is a Silver Prince that was born to rule. He’s going to give that up? Anyway, Victoria does a great job of balancing her Game of Thronesque story lines. With so many families, groups and countries vying for the future of Norta the story could have been easily bogged down but it isn’t. Alliances are clear and who is going to betray who is clear. We all know who is on what team and when it comes down to it who is going to side with who when it comes to the end it didn’t disrupt the storyline. At the moment, Mare and Cal are reunited in the same objective of get Maven out of power but their alliance is shaky at best. We know that Cal has no intention of giving up his throne as he feels he is the best to reunite his fractured nation but the Scarlet Guard has no intention of putting him on the throne. Maven has the Nortan crown but little support. Iris, his wife from neighboring country the Lakelands, is already scheming to take the crown from Maven as soon as he depletes his army against Cal. The western nation of Montfort that is the only democracy in this new world that has silvers and reds working together has made their intentions known that they will not have another silver king either. So who wins? Well that would be too spoilery but I will say i like the ambiguous ending. Victoria has definitely left enough open that if she ever wanted to return to Norta, Monfort or the Lakelands she could but if she doesn’t then she has given her characters a good send off. Mare is broken and bruised but is working on healing. She has been many people throughout the four books. She’s been Mare from the sticks, a thief. She’s been Mareena, a lost Silver and the lightning girl a leader and inspiration for the rebellion but who is she really. Cal’s growth is quite as strong but then again I think Cal has already had a good sense of who he was. Maven is probably the most tragic. The abuse that he suffered from his mother is beyond cruel but that shouldn’t excuse his many crimes he committed throughout the series. My biggest complaint is that Cameron who was one of POV characters in the last book only makes an appearance in one chapter. Other than that, this was a satisfying ending to a very good series.
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