-pout- So it turns out that this is the last book in the Codex Alera series. After the last book I was all, oh no, I’m going to be caught up and then I’ll have to wait for books, but no, there’s no waiting, ’cause it’s OVER. Blast.
I’m sort of miffed at how the series went out, though. From that last book link above, you know that the big vord fight hadn’t really ended and I was miffed then; well, if you’re looking for a really long novel that’s all about a big vord fight, this is the book for you. Seriously, nothing else happens in this book. Tavi’s fighting the vord with his troops and the Canim, Bernard and Amara are basically leading the rest of Alera to fight the vord, Isana and Araris get kidnapped by the vord but still manage to be fighting them… everyone is fighting the vord except a few freemen who surrender early so as not to die. The book is 400-plus pages of various people fighting the vord in various ways.
Now, the fighting is as well-written as any other fighting the series has seen, so it’s good, I’m not against that. But a lot of what I liked about the series was getting to know the characters, and there is just no character development at all in this book. Everyone pretty much ends up the same way they started, but with some extra babies thrown in and some new neighbors as well. I guess we get to learn more about the vord queen, but not enough to make me really care about her or [spoiler alert? probably not] the fact that she gets all killed and stuff in the end.
All in all it was a good, engaging, entertaining novel, and if you’ve read the rest of the series you pretty much have to read this one, but I’d say don’t spend hardcover money on it if you do. The library is your friend!
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