★ ★ ★ ★ ★
My opinion in three sentences:
For me, this book marked the end of an emotional roller-coaster – I was recommended, discovered and read the entire trilogy in just four days (how lucky was I to get approved by the publisher on Net Gallery so I didn’t have to endure an agonising wait for this final installment?!) Shadow was absolutely brilliant – it was everything I needed from the final Wendy Darling novel, and written with as much perfection as its prequels. The day I devoted to reading this was certainly not a day wasted.
(Without spoiling anything) the best bit:
Now that’s a hard one, not because there are no good bits (because there are reams), but how to express the wonder without giving anything away?! Think of your current favourite trilogy. Think of the ideal and perfect way that trilogy could have ended, and how incredibly that book could have been executed. That is what Shadow is – the most fitting, perfect and well-written conclusion the trilogy could ever have hoped for.
A warning for the book:
I was a wreck by the end. It was one of those infuriating moments when you’re sitting there, itching to know what’s going to happen, but simultaneously not wanting the book/trilogy to end. And once it was done, I was happy that it had the ending it deserved, but broken that there were no more Wendy Darling novels.
[Also, and you can not read this if you don’t want a heads-up that may be the minimalist spoiler, but there was character death. (I know, kind of obvious for a showdown between pirates and Lost Boys!) And I was on the brink of tears without fail. Every. Time.]
Recommended for fans of:
- The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
- Taken by David Massey
- Kings Rising by C.S. Pacat
N.B.: An eARC of this book was received from Net Gallery in return for an honest, reflective review.