This is the war for Halla.
Every question is answered. Every truth is revealed.
The final battle has begun.
©2009 D.J. McHale; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Bobby Pendragon is now a family institution. I have re-read this entire series four or five times now. This last instalment is definately more emotionally mature than book one, but then Bobby and crew are much older, and they've been through lots of refining fire.
Mr. MacHale's writing in such a way that I, as the reader, know only what the point of view characters know has been brilliant throughout the series and the pay off in this book is huge. Book 9, Raven Rise, left me hanging. The Soldiers of Halla opens with explenation of who Bobby really is.
By the end of the book, I cry happy tears in the last chapter every time.
The battle for Halla, and between Bobby and Saint Dane is classic good verses evil. Freedom of choice verses totalitarianism. I am greatful that my kids can read this and see brave kids making hard but good decisions, even when it hurts them to do so.
I have two daughters who also love these books. My 11 year old first started this series when she was 9 and has re-read the series twice. She always wants these books to be on her kindle and her mp3. Thanks to Mr. MacHale she is becoming an avid reader.
Mr. Dufris has taken lots of abuse in reviews. I completely disagree. His reading is magical. The voice he uses has always been apropriate to the book he is narating. He brings the stories to life and is consistant across the series. There are far worse narrators in the audible panthion.
And So We Go...
This is the way it was meant to be.
It's a solid ending to a good series. The narrator is a little nasally, but you stop noticing after a few minutes, and he does do a good job acting out the story. I enjoyed it.
It's not really fair of me to review this book, because I was ready to be done with this series after Book 7 or 8 . . . if my 11-year-old son wasn't determined to finish them (we listen together, in the evenings) I would never have gotten this far. The books themselves have some fun action scenes, but interspersed with way too much navel gazing and contrived adolescent angst. And the narrator is downright annoying. The man tries so hard to imbue every sentence with dramatic tension, the whole thing just ends up overwrought. My son and I used to joke around, pretending to be the narrator . . . "Do you . . . want some . . . ICE . . . CREAM ??!!" I was relieved when it was finished.
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