The ending is so fantastic and satisfying that my initial impulse was to give this book a 5. Wow. That’s the way to successfully wrap up a fantasy trilogy.
I have settled at a 4, just because there were some things in the first half that weren’t quite as smooth for me. Overall, this is an excellent YA fantasy series, set in a fascinating and creative world, with plenty of dark magic to suit my dark side, and enough hope to please my often hidden light side.
It’s a definite win, and I confess part of my confusion at the start might have been due to the gap of time from when I read the first two books. If you have time for a reread, I think that would be ideal. If not, definitely read a good summary or synopsis of the first two books before diving in, because it’s a complex world with a lot of characters.