Well look at this! It's my third Tuesday in a row, and I'm still posting. Let's hope I can keep this up. Now that I've started to make sure I post every Tuesday, it makes me want to post more, so you might be getting a bonus post later this week. :) Today, I'm reviewing The Tide of Unmaking by Wayne Thomas Batson, and Christopher Hopper. This is a personal review that I decided to write.
Back Cover: Seven years have passed since the Lords of Berinfell - Tommy, Kat,
Jimmy, Johnny, Autumn and Kiri Lee - watched the horror of Vesper Crag
wash away, as well as their fallen kinsman, Jett Green. But with
Grimwarden in exile, the realm of Berinfell finds itself ill-equipped to
weather the coming storms. Kiri Lee begins to whisper of ghostly
visitations. Taeva, Princess of the Taladrim, desperately seeks out the
Elves of Berinfell to rescue her kingdom. And the genocidal Drefid Lord
Asp launches his campaign to conquer Allyra. And Earth. But far worse
still is a consuming terror on the horizon: an unstoppable force that
threatens to devour all creation and all hope. Nations will crumble,
loyalties will be tested, and even the might of Berinfell’s Lords may
not be enough to stem The Tide of Unmaking.
If you've read this blog, you probably know that I'm a huge Wayne Thomas Batson fan. I own just about all of his books, and add the ones I don't have to my Christmas and Birthday lists. He and Christopher Hopper have done a great job on this series. I loved the first two books to death, and highly anticipated the third until it came out this year. I received it for Christmas from my parents, to my excitement. Pretty soon I began to read.
My Thoughts: TOU was written very well. I loved the characters, as always, and the action was fantastic. As I was nearing the the end, though, I was afraid some of the threads I'd been following since book one weren't going to get tied off. For example, one of the characters is liked by two others, and I wanted to find out who ended up with him, though I had a slight idea. I hoped til the end that they were going to reveal this, and several other loose ends. But they didn't. They left a bunch of loose ends. After flipping to the back, I saw they wanted to give their readers a chance to write the stories. I didn't take this well. After putting so many emotions into reading this book, I didn't get the entire payout I wanted. I actually cried a little bit. But don't tell anyone that. ;) After I fussed, I put the book aside for a few days, and today I'm reviewing it. Looking back, I think Mr. Batson and Mr. Hopper had a good idea. It could be interesting to see what the fans write, even if I don't get to see how things end up from their perspective. And now, I realize, if I ever have the inclination, even I could write the next book. I probably wouldn't do as well as the original writers, but perhaps if I found someone to write it with me, it would be pretty good. Isn't it every writer's dream to get to write part of their favorite series? Maybe. Maybe in the future. But my greatest opinion on this book is that I loved it, even if the ending was a disappointment to me. I guess that's what being a fan is.
Violence: Fantasy violence, like you'd expect from a book like this. There's sword fights, and archery, etc, and people are injured or killed. Other things happen that take life. There's mention of dead bodies.
Romantic stuff: Nothing bad. Mainly it shows the love of married couples for one another, and then the elves who think about the people they like/love. Some characters are finally able to confess their love.
Final Opinion: My greatest opinion on this book is that I loved it, even if the
ending was a disappointment to me. I guess that's what being a fan is.