Monday, June 16, 2008

Blood Ties

All Souls' Night
Jennifer Armintrout
ISBN 0778325377

With the Soul Eater on the verge of performing a ritual that will give him so much power as to be unstoppable, it is time for Carrie, Nate, Ziggy, Max, and Bella to do whatever it takes to end the creature's over-extended life. Yet, there are new challenges to face; Carrie has discovered an aspect of herself that makes her as much a danger, or potential one, as their foe, Nathan has been injured to the point of near permanent death, and that's just the highlights. The coming battle will demand sacrifices and choices that are nigh to impossible to imagine, but are nonetheless essential.

In a way, I hate this because it is clearly the end of the series and I love the books so much I don't want them to stop. Yet, I must admire an author who has the courage to not milk something for all it's worth and keep at it beyond that. This is a heartwrenching saga, and never more so than in this final volume. It will put you through an emotional ringer and have you on the edge of your seat. Ms. Armintrout is right up there with J.K. Rowling and Stephen R Donaldson for being able to make you feel the intense pain in her words and live in the characters' souls to share it with them. Yet, you love the story for the emotional battering it gives you. You must buy her books if you like quality, that's all there is to it.

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