Time again to tackle the tricky task of reviewing the final book in a trilogy!
If you want to check out my reviews of the previous books you can do so here:
Kitsune shapeshifter Yumeko has given up the final piece of the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers in order to save everyone she loves from imminent death. Now she and her ragtag band of companions must journey to the wild sea cliffs of Iwagoto in a desperate last-chance effort to stop the Master of Demons from calling upon the Great Kami dragon and making the wish that will plunge the empire into destruction and darkness.
Shadow clan assassin Kage Tatsumi has regained control of his body and agreed to a true deal with the devil—the demon inside him, Hakaimono. They will share his body and work with Yumeko and their companions to stop a madman and separate Hakaimono from Tatsumi and the cursed sword that had trapped the demon for nearly a millennium.
But even with their combined skills and powers, this most unlikely team of heroes knows the forces of evil may be impossible to overcome. And there is another player in the battle for the scroll, a player who has been watching, waiting for the right moment to pull strings that no one even realized existed…until now.
As with most ‘end of trilogy’ reviews, I’ll try to keep this fairly succinct – if you’ve got to the end of book two and you’re reading a review odds are you already know if you’re going to love a series or not – you just want to know if it’s worth finishing it.
In this case, if you’ve enjoyed these books from the start I would say this is a good conclusion – but it’s definitely worth refreshing your memory with a quick flick through the previous books as this definitely drops you right back into the midst of a fairly complicated story! I personally didn’t do that because of time constraints and I think my enjoyment of the book suffered as a result, it was harder to get back into this world when I was desperately trying to remember what on earth had happened prior to this.
I do think this book felt…less epic than I had thought it would – and I don’t think that was just because I hadn’t read the previous books recently. I think something about the different characters and all the different threads of story just didn’t quite gel for me – it all felt quite disparate and I didn’t find myself feeling as absorbed by the world as I thought I might.
I still think there are good aspects to this book, it’s a quintessential YA fantasy romance storyline so those who enjoy those won’t be dissapointed! There are also some very cool magic moments that reminded me why I enjoyed books one and two.
Overall, I’m not sure this series as a whole did enough to completely wow me – I did enjoy reading them but I won’t be rushing to re-read any time soon. It’ll be a series that some will truly adore -but I don’t think I’m one of them.
My rating: a solid 3/5 stars
I received a free digital advanced review copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
Night of the Dragon is out now!
What say you? What are your thoughts on this series? Let me know in the comments below!