Saturday, May 12, 2012
Ascend by Amanda Hocking
Wendy Everly is facing an impossible choice. The only way to save the Trylle from their deadliest enemy is by sacrificing herself. If she doesn’t surrender to the Vittra, her people will be thrust into a brutal war against an unbeatable foe. But how can Wendy leave all her friends behind…even if it’s the only way to save them?
The stakes have never been higher, because her kingdom isn’t the only thing she stands to lose. After falling for both Finn and Loki, she’s about to make the ultimate choice…who to love forever. One guy has finally proven to be the love of her life—and now all their lives might be coming to an end.
Everything has been leading to this moment. The future of her entire world rests in her hands—if she’s ready to fight for it.
Well, we've finally reached the end of the Trylle series (for those of us that got them as they were published). With the end of the series came some mixed emotions for me; I didn't agree with how some of the characters were utilized and how some of the plot points were tied up. Wendy became more enjoyable, taking more irresponsibility for her actions and thinking more of her kingdom as well. She also realized that she had decisions to make, relationship-wise, and she did achieve those decisions. I won't spoil who she chose, but it was my favorite of her two suitors, though she did go about it in the wrong way. I didn't agree with some of the experiences that lead up to their union, but in the end I liked the way it ended. Wendy grew to the point of being capable of ruling her kingdom without the aid of others. When it came to side characters, they weren't very well developed; they didn't make me feel for them the way they should have. If more focus had been put on them, the issue could have been easily resolved.
The story was the most enjoyable of the series, the characters were all introduced and the plot was already going somewhere. It carried one fairly nicely, with only few slow spots. The writing was the same standard as the other books in the series, perhaps my favorite part of the book. With the writing so good, it hooked me up in the story when I otherwise wouldn't have been. Altogether, I look forward to reading more of Amanda Hocking, in the hopes of improved characters in her other books. I give Ascend a 3.5/5 for being a fairly good conclusion to the series.