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  • satisfying conclusion

    It's a testament to how much I loved this series that I feared ever reading this book. Because this book meant I would come close to the conclusion, to the pain that started Tea's journey in the first book, when she truly became the feared Dark Asha everyone was waiting her to be. Much like the previous two, this book also goes on in split time, with the present being narrated by an until now unnamed bard, and the past being narrated by Tea. The change in this book is that while both the earlier books had Tea also present with the bard, this one has the bard with all the others - the previous allies of Tea, including her brother Fox. So, the present time of the book is spent in getting to know what they were up to, and their confusion over Tea's actions, and trying to ascertain what she intends. In the past, meanwhile, as we are getting closer and closer to Kalen's death, we also see Tea being tormented by the Dark in her, by her questioning her sanity, being forced to be on the run because of something she doesn't remember doing, and finding out the secrets behind the creation myth of their world. I must admit, the book took me a while to get into in the start, because of the slightly different setting. The world is gearing up for war, in both the past and the present, and Tea has some life- and world-changing decisions to make. Her quest to spare Dark Asha the fate they have been resigned to since centuries molds her into an ideal vessel for an ancient prophecy, but there's also the simple fact that she is just a girl with powerful magic who wished for a simpler life. On the point of pain, this book hits its mark several times, while also expounding on the relationships Tea holds closest to her heart. Still, it has its lighter moments, and I loved how hers and Likh's friendship deepened in this book. Additionally, Likh's arc to accept her identity as a woman was done very well. Hers and Khalad's romance, however, felt like it developed mostly off-page so on-page it felt very rushed? Finally, there were some errors in the galley I read, where a couple of character names were misplaced (a couple of times Kalen was used instead of Kance, leading to some confusion on my part, as well as one chapter where Likh is said to be away on battle when it is obviously not the case). The writing didn't feel as rich as the first book (which blew me away with its details) but I guess this was a different book than that, and also the descriptive nature of that didn't sit well with many readers so maybe it was better to tone it down after all for sake of the plot. Overall, as a conclusion, it works beautifully to wrap up the series, give the characters a good ending, and leave on a satisfactory note.

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  • Brilliant conclusion!

    Disclaimer: The publisher has given me a copy of the book through the PH Blog Tour hosted by Myrth from Cliste Bella in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Myrth for making me a part of this wonderful tour. ♥ Rin Chupeco is a master of her art. Her prowess with foreshadowing, world-building, and character creation is on par with brilliant and famous authors that we know of! I cannot even comprehend why she isn’t as famous as them. In this last installment of the series, we are driven to madness and utter heartbreak. The writing style is closely similar to the first two books, only know it is more confusing with the closely resembling war that is happening in the past and present point-of-views. Although I am saying that it was confusing, it only gets better. This confusion will cause you to focus so much more on the story that you will easily get transported into the world of the Asha. Chupeco’s pacing is so fluid and well thought of that I am stunned with her brilliance. The characters are fantastic. I cannot seem to not root for Tea with all the struggles, deception, and sacrifices she made. And let me tell you another thing, this book is full of scandal that I can only tell if you are willing to get spoiled. It is mesmerizing how Chupeco made her twists and turns and how she developed each character the way they are. Moreover, I don’t do this very often, the world-building is just so wonderful. The culture each of the seven kingdoms has, their ethnic backgrounds, just WOW! I cannot ask for more! Overall, The Shadow Glass is a wonderful book that will make you bawl despite the knowledge of what the future holds. It is about the sacrifices you are willing to make in order to protect the ones you love.

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  • Awesome finale to an addicting series!

    The Shadowglass now wraps up everything in the series. It is still a continuation of what happens after Tea's world has imploded with death and carnage. Tea changes in a big way, and this book tells everything - becoming a full-on Ashia and then becoming more than anyone could imagine for her. In the story, Tea is alone - no friends or family (her brother abandoned her) while on the run with charges of treason charges and murder. But, Tea is not alone somewhere along her journey to help "save the Kingdoms"; she was able to call forth a unique person from beyond that defied all known laws of magic. Tea has to make many sacrifices - some more shocking than the others. Readers can expect deceit and manipulations before the book is over - some shrouded in mystery until the end. In trying to clear her name and find a way to disconnect herself from her brother, Tea will give ultimately sacrifice. Many amazing things were happening within Tea as her magic grows into fantastic proportions. To be mature enough to wield such power, such as the guidance of love for country and family, was overwhelming. She is torn yet with a few good reasons for the two options she has: (1) accept the status quo and run away from the problem, or (2) face it head-on, end it all and run the risk of people she loves for the future peace. One way or another, she will make things right and give everyone the HEA they all deserve. The author's storytelling style is indescribably unique. The story ran in parallel - past Tea and current Tea. I didn't realize this until it was 3/4th of the book that I saw too many coincidences that were more than flashbacks. Granted that the flashbacks changes from only Tea's now to the bard's own. The story was moving at different times of Tea's life, then meeting in the middle to merge and have this epically memorable fight! I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!

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