Thursday, May 17, 2012

Destined (Wings #4) by Aprilynne Pike

This is BOOK FOUR (the final book) in the Wings series.
And yes, there are spoilers!
You have been warned.

Tamani looked at her gravely, and reached up to tuck her hair behind her ear.

He hesitated for an instant, then his hands found the sides of her face, pulling her to him. He didn't kiss her, just held her face close to his, their foreheads resting together, their noses almost touching.

She hated how much it felt like good-bye.

Laurel now knows the truth: Yuki is a rare Winter faerie, the most powerful—and deadly—of all, and Klea plans to use her to help conquer and destroy Avalon. But Klea's reach extends far beyond one wild Winter faerie. With Tamani, David, and Chelsea by her side, Laurel prepares to face what may be Avalon's final days, in the stunning conclusion to the Wings series.

Well, it's officially over. I have to say--there have been a few series that completely surprised me with the final book, and this was actually one of them. I don't know if it was "surprised" in a good way or not. Maybe neither. Maybe it was just an unexpected change of pace. It was literally ALL war, not much romance. It was still a great read though.

I remember last year when I read Book 3, Illusions, I was very confused about where the story was going. Every book in this series has a new villain and I was never quite sure who to hate. In this installment, all those villains joined up and waged war on Avalon. I would say that (tied with Book 1), this was the most important book in the entire Wings series.

I thought this was a fitting ending. The war was realistic in that A LOT of people died (unlike some books where the characters are ALL TALK and NO ACTION. Cough, cough.... Lame Twilight conclusion...) There were some unexpected twists and I was really pleased with how the story was resolved. At the end of the book, the author added a note that was a kind of epilogue. I'm glad she did. I think it was needed.

I'm so sad that this series is finally over, but I'm also excited to move on. I can't wait to see what's in store for us next from Aprilynne Pike. I'll be anxiously waiting. If you haven't read this series, (and you cheated and read on despite my Spoiler Alert Warning), you HAVE to read these. It (as a whole) is one of the best "fairy" tales I've read.

Happy Reading!


Stacy said...

I too loved this series! And was glad the author ended it the way she did!

Jamie VanBeekum said...

I've been on the waiting list at the library for this one FOREVER!!! I can't wait to get my hands on it.