I’ve said it in both my other reviews, and I’ll say it again in this one; Meda is the character that young adults need to read about. This series is, hands down, the best new YA series I’ve read. The only comparable series is Angelfall, and that ending fell flat, whereas this ending was strong and wonderfully written.
I was thrown back into the world of Crusaders and Demons, and it felt like I never left. Every character is complex and shows growth. Meda is the pinnacle of what young girls should strive to be. Yeah, she’s a little selfish, but in this world you have to be. And above all else she is master at self preservation in a world where everyone is dying. She’s witty, she never gives up, she shows what friendship really is, and she’s strong. She’s strong for her friends, for the world, and for herself. She never falters. She doesn’t get all gooey because of boys. She never gives up. She is an absolute pleasure to read about, and I wish more characters could be like her.
Chi continues to be the pillar of all that is good in this series. You would think that would get boring, but it doesn’t. It just amazes you how in the face of all this darkness, Chi will always do the right thing. I know most humans have much more of an internal struggle, but Chi is that sure of himself and his God and it’s beautiful.
Jo, oh Jo. Jo finally snaps, but it was needed for Meda to grow up even more. Jo really represents human struggle to do the right thing and the feeling of not being properly compensated. Jo is fed up in this book, and does some very unlike Jo things, which was an amazing character arc for her. Her and Meda’s friendship is so pure and beautiful and really uncontested in the book genre they are in. I’m a sucker for anything that shows unconditional love, and it’s the foundation of their friendship, which everything else grows from.
I’m hesitant to say this, but it truly is how I feel; this series is the greatest story about friendship since Harry Potter.
Then there is Armand, who I happen to love. The reason I’m giving this book four stars and not 5 is because I was unhappy with Armand’s ending. This book is such a tease with any romance, but you never really get any and it left me feeling a little sad. When Jo showed Armand’s true form I broke. I broke into a million tiny pieces and couldn’t help but cry the rest of the chapter for him. Eliza Crewe did such an amazing job and forcing us to show empathy and really making us fear Hell/The Pitt, but to bring children into it… My heart couldn’t take it. I
needed wanted Armand’s happy ending (preferably with Meda), but I never got it. And in my eyes, he deserved it. I don’t even think the reasoning was strong enough, because I feel like he had proved himself to wanting to be good and changed for unselfish reasons.
I do suppose this leaves her with the option to continue writing this series. Which I hope she does, because YA needs more books like this. It needs more characters like Meda. And honestly, I need more of this world.
If you haven’t read this series, I can’t urge you enough to give it a try.