His friends are flung far and wide across Carthya and its neighbouring lands. In a last-ditch effort to stave off what looks to be a devastating loss for the kingdom, Jaron undertakes what may be his last journey to save everything and everyone he loves. But even with his lightning-quick wit, Jaron cannot forestall the terrible danger that descends on him and his country.
Along the way, will he lose what matters most? And in the end, who will sit on Carthya's throne?
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I finished the series, and while I’m overall happy with the way everything turned out, I just didn’t love this book the way I had hoped. While we were given the chance to get to know some characters better, overall I never felt like we went below the surface or got close to the promise that the The False Prince promised us.
Everything Was Very Obvious
There just weren’t any exciting twists or turns for me in this book; everything was predictable, I never doubted that everyone would survive (this isn’t the kind of book where good characters might be killed off) and that everyone would have a happy ending. While I love a happy ending, it was the complete predictability of this book that really disappointed me. This was surprising because I definitely expected more twists and turns in this book since it was the last of the series. While it was definitely hard to live up to the twist from the first book, there just weren’t any big surprises in The Shadow Throne and that was a letdown.
No Character Growth
Jaron is the exact same person that he was in the first book. There just didn’t seem to be any growth in his personality, which was a bit of a shame and rather unbelievable. With only his POV to go off of, there just wasn’t a lot of change in him (or really any of the characters). In the end, it was his endlessly complicated way of thinking that saves the day – and I knew it would happen this way, so I wasn’t as excited as when we first read about his craftiness in The False Prince. Putting aside the lack of growth, it was nice to see these characters moving into new relationships and finding new ways to live their lives. I’m happy that Tobies and Amarinda found love with each other and that there was a happy ending for Imogen and Jaron, but I still wish there was an opportunity to actually spend time with these characters instead of simply following Jaron around the entire book.
For myself at least, there were no tears shed (which is nice, I guess?) at the end of this book because everyone made it home safe and sound. We even got a nice little epilogue to confirm how happy everyone ended up. And it’s perfectly fine. While this wasn’t the ending I was expecting, I was content that the characters each got a happy ending (including Roden finding his long-lost family??) so I could leave this trilogy in peace.
FINAL RATING: 3/5
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