Sunday, May 17, 2020

A Reaper at the Gates (An Ember in the Ashes Book 3)

I thought this was the final book in the Ember in the Ashes series. It did seem to wrap things up, however it did it in a very unsatisfying way. The evil ones always seem to be a step ahead of the good guys. The characters are primarily in hard-core "war" mode. There is little time for caring for others. Often time spent loving others causes more negative than good. The struggle of the boy that is the "Reaper in training" is especially prescient. He must learn to not love others in order to use his magic to "reap" the dead into the after life. His failure to let go of love to others led him to neglect his duties, and with that neglect he gave enemies a chance to hurt his friend.
There are numerous times when the "good guys" seem on the cusp of "winning", but then bad things happen. The book continues to focus on two main girls and one boy as they work on their own goals that become interrelated in different ways. In the end, they all seem to fail. It makes for an ending that wraps things up, yet begs for more.

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