19 January 2012
The fantastic conclusion to Garth Nix's NEW YORK TIMES bestselling series!
The House is falling apart, and when it is destroyed, all existence will be destroyed with it. Arthur Penhaligon and his friends Leaf and Suzy must use every power at their disposal - magical or practical - to defeat the enemies attacking them from all sides.
For Arthur, the most formidable challenge comes from Lord Sunday, the most elusive of the Trustees of the Will. Lord Sunday's magic is unlike anything Arthur has encountered before - and his secrets have the potential to destroy not only Arthur, but also all the people he holds dear.
(Hijacked from Amazon)
It's been years and years since I started this series. All of the books have been very imaginative and engaging. Although I do have to admit that large chunks of the sub-plots have been lost over the last few years—that's what happens when your brain is full and it starts dumping unimportant information out the back end. I wish I had a flash drive. Or one of those cool things in Harry Potter that keeps memories. Yes, I could look it up, but I'm not going to. Mostly to frustrate those who remember what it's called (and can perhaps spell it). :)
Anyway, I finally got this on CD from the library and listened to it in my car. The reader was great—has been since the beginning—and once again the imagination that went into the world building blew me away. Poor Arthur seems to be destined/cursed to live in the mysterious house forever—never again able to go home and be with his family. Leaf has to lead the charge to save the upper house with Daisy (a large everything killing plant who only obeys whoever has her leash) and Suzy has to be (can we have a gasp) responsible. Action, fun, adventure and plenty of tension.
Up until the very last part.
You know, the part that should be awesome.
To me it was a major let down. I drove down the freeway, yelling at my CD player. “What!?! That was the plan . . . all of these idiots knew the plan and not one of them ever bothered to TELL Aurthor? Not ONE!?!”
The words, “That's totally lame!” also came out a few times.
I hate it when the end of a book doesn't live up to the rest of the set up. Garth Nix is a genius. I love his writing, world building, magic systems and all of the deep tidbits he buries in his books. Not liking the end of this series made me sad. I'll keep reading Nix, but with somewhat lower expectations of the impending payoff.
Seriously, just the last thirty pages or so. *insert dramatic sigh*