The final book in the best-selling Books of Beginning trilogy that began with The Emerald Atlas, which the New York Times called "a new Narnia for the tween set."
The adventures of siblings Kate, Michael, and Emma come to a stunning conclusion when they must find the last Book of Beginning - the Book of Death - before the Dire Magnus does, for when all three books are united, their combined power will be unstoppable.
Soon Emma is on a journey to places both worldly and otherworldly, confronting terrifying monsters and ghosts, and what is darkest within herself. As the fabric of time begins to fray, she becomes the final piece of an extraordinary puzzle. Only if she can master the powers of this most dangerous book will she, Kate, and Michael be able to save the world from the dramatic, deadly final confrontation between magical and ordinary people that the Dire Magnus has in store.
©2015 John Stephens (P)2015 Listening Library
After reading the Fire Chronicle, I was overly excited about the third and final installment. I must say, I was thoroughly disappointed in this book. I bought it in April 2015 and because the book was so slow and boring, I am just now finishing it October 2015. It was such a total let down and it ended like "so that's it..." I don't know which book is worse, this one or the final book in the Divergent Trilogy. :( Even Jim Dale's character voices changed a bit and he couldn't even make the book any more interesting.
Yes, just to finish the trilogy, but it's not nearly as good as the first two.
I don't think he knew how to finish the story.
Predictable, uneventful, disappointing
All of them
The journey ends.
I found his third book not as good as the first two. The ending was just a big disappointment to me.
This is a great series with lessons about forgiveness, perceptions & connectivity, honor, responsibility to self and others, and love. I was hesitant to get this book because some reviews said there was a disconnect with the writing style and content. But I strongly disagree. I listened and read the 3 books consecutively and found the books to have distinctly different messages : forgiveness, honor and our connectivity to others, and love. There is a continuity and even pace throughout all 3 books. You will also find dwarfs, elves, dragons, giants, witches, wizards and really bad guys. There is mention (in 3rd book) of mermaids, but none show up as a character.
The one warning is that there is a dialog that takes place (in 3rd book) about there being no heaven or hell; and it feels like the author implies that there is no place for religion. There is also mention of reincarnation, but not with regard to karma.
I enjoyed this series a lot. It seems to be heavily influenced by many other popular children's fantasies, not as deep and intricate as some, but still kept some originality. The silliness along with message conveyed and relationships developed work to make this a story families could enjoy reading together. And with Jim Dale telling the story, you're sure to be entertained.
I loved this trilogy so much. The scope of the stories was wide--saving the very fabric of the universe. I was caught up in the characters, who developed over time. The ending was beautiful and there were so many surprises on the way. Whilst full of magic, the story like all the best, is deeply human. If at points briefly philosophically didactic, it's entirely forgivable because the pace of the plot moves quickly and much of the characters' choices depend on what they know of the universe.
Jim Dale's narration is outstanding. As far as I'm concerned, he could read recipe ingredients and I would be captivated. His narration of the children's thoughts made me laugh aloud. There is so much humor woven into the text, and a less experienced voice actor might have missed it. As it was, this was an incredible listen.
A lot of stories with this kind of scope have difficulty wrapping themselves up. I was pleasantly surprised and moved to tears by the ending of this trilogy.
It reminded me of Harry Potter and the Lord of the Rings (in a good way), and was full of its own surprises.
In some ways this could have been 2 books because there was a lot packed into this one book. I did a lot of crying listening to this one, both remembering my own griefs and tears for the profound and deep places this book took me. A previous reviewer complained about the very quick ending but I feel it was as good a place as any to end the story. Thanks for a very excellent read!
I have to say that this is the best series I've ever encountered. It has something for everyone and embraces the concept of life, death and most of all love without fear. Loved all the characters and have to say that my most favorite was Emma!!! Most likely will not listen to it again because I want to savor the experience of listening to it my first time!!!
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