I received this book for free from Reading Addiction Virtual Blog Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I am having a tough time writing a review for this book. Usually when I enjoy a book as much as I did this one the review just comes pouring out, but not this time. I think the problem is that I want to talk about too much! So many things happened in this story and I want to touch on them all, but at the same time I don’t want to spoil anything. I think that the only way I will be satisfied with this review is if I just pick one aspect of the book and review that, and as long as I’m focusing this review on one thing I may as well pick the thing I love most about this entire series and that thing is Matt.
It’s official, Matt Archer is my new favorite! Over the course of four novels I have been able to watch him grow from a boy into a man and from a man into a hero, and he is still just seventeen years old. I am surprised by how protective I have become of this character in such a short amount of time. I actually get angry because of all the responsibility that has been placed on his shoulders. At first I was baffled that so many adults would be willing to allow a child to take on such responsibilities, but as I have gotten to know Matt, I understand why. He is that one in a million type of hero. His strength and compassion run so deeply that it is not difficult to belive that he is the world’s only hope. He has a seemingly endless amount of bravery and strength, saves thousands of lives on a regular basis, and yet feels guilt over every life that he has been unable to save.
I was glad to see that in this book Matt’s burden was lightened some because he was able to share it with more people. Matt isn’t alone anymore, and he now knows more about what is and isn’t expected of him. Matt learns that Mammie, Will, and the other wielders are all necessary to save the world, and that is a huge weight off of his shoulders. Matt may be my new favorite hero, but there are several heroes in this story, and they are almost as amazing as he is.
I love how the relationships that Matt has with those around him were strengthened in this novel.
Matt and Ella are more deeply in love than ever, and I am finally satisfied with Ella’s development as a character. She is a very sweet person who loves Matt more than anything and just the type of girlfriend he needs.
Mammie is still his rock, but Matt learns that she is even more incredible than he could have ever imagined, and I refuse to spoil anything, but I hope the author writes a book from Mammie’s point of view some day. Please, Kendra?!
Uncle Mike continues to do the impossible and watch his nephew, who he loves like a son, constantly risk his life; and although he knows that there is no other choice, that doesn’t mean that it is easy for him.
Matt and Will are still the monster hunting version of the Dynamic Duo, but this time Robin is just as important and almost as powerful as Batman. I am so happy that WIll and Matt have each other to go through all of this craziness with. They understand one another in ways that no one else ever will.
Even Matt’s relationship with Tink, the spirit who inhabits his knife, gets stronger. She is finally allowing Matt to have some time where he is just human. Don’t get me wrong, she still gives him a thump on the head when she thinks he needs it, but she is also more patient with him.
,And The man who Matt spent his entire life believing abandoned him and his family is suddenly back in his life, and Matt has to decide just how much he is willing to forgive.
While there is a lot of intricate character and relationship building in this book, I don’t want to give you the impression that it was slow. I didn’t think it was possible, but Matt takes on bigger and badder monsters this time. Good thing that Matt has a supernatural knife spirit who possesses him when he fights because he needs every ounce of his knife spirit’s magic to deal with these monsters. At one point he battles over a dozen of these giants by himself with nothing but two blades! That was definitely my favorite action scene so far.
When I think back on how much happened in this novel, it is no surprise that I had a difficult time deciding what to talk about in my review, and this book moved constantly. if Matt wasn’t killing something or saving someone, he was sharing a monumental moment with someone he loved. I have read series that took three books to accomplish what this one book did. Secrets kept being revealed, and my head is still spinning from all the twist and turns.
When the final book comes out I will be conflicted over whether I should read it right away or wait a while. On one hand I can not wait to read how the story ends, but on the other hand I don’t want to have to say goodbye to Matt. It has been a pleasure reading about all of his adventures and the different characters that make up his world. One thing I know for sure, is that it has been a wild ride that I will never forget!
Because of language, violence, and mild sexual content, I would recommend this book for ages 15 and up.