Story time. I actually met Richard Paul Evans, author of this and other amazing books, this past spring at an education summit he spoke at. His talk was all about what he wishes he’d known in middle school, but I’m in college and found it relevant and inspiring.
Why was I, the arts major, at an education summit? My grandparents were running it.
But that’s another story. Let’s talk about the story I’m reviewing.
If the best books are the ones that have you desperate for someone to rage with about the ending, this probably outranks even that most infuriating of cliffhanger books, Mark of Athena.
They both have Greek deities’ names in the title. Funny coincidence.
But it isn’t just the cliffhanger that makes this book memorable. Without a story of substance and characters worth caring for, a cliffhanger is just a cheap trick. This one was the real deal, especially regarding the characters. Mr. Evans has a particular gift for creating diverse, relatable characters.
And then putting them through the worst a twisted imagination can throw at them, because why not?
All the characters, even many of the supposedly bad guys, were relateable in their own ways. We may not have agreed with them, but we understood why they did what they did and it didn’t feel like it was just for the plot. It’s difficult to do that with a cast that large. And then to have the main ones all have their own arcs too? Pretty good.
I loved it. Loved the characters, at least, which lead to loving the story. I may have been sorely tempted to throw the book at a wall at the incredibly awesome but ambiguous end, but I loved it.
I’ll probably talk more about what exactly was awesome about the end, along with speculations about the last book, after more people have had time to read it.
Today’s drawing: Not an inktober piece, but there was this kid asleep at the library while I was studying and I just couldn’t resist a quick sketch.