Well, after 9 books, countless plot twists, and endless theories as to how the series would end, DJ MacHale finally ended the epic Pendragon Adventure. I won't reveal any spoilers, only comment on the book and the story it tells (and ends)
I will admit, at first, I was a little worried how MacHale would set up the pace. The first 150 pages, while undoubtedly important, seemed to have an aggravatingly slow, detail by detail method of storytelling. Those concerns were luckily unfounded, as the action never ceased once Bobby finally set off on the main adventure. The action was well done, and the explanations behind all the Traveler mysticism actually worked surprisingly well. Many complained of how MacHale revealed all the secrets in only 70 pages in one book. I can see why, but I'm glad he chose this route. I feel like if he had revealed these secrets in bits and pieces throughout the series (as several people have suggested), it would have made the truly cosmic revelations less interesting, and probably would have overloaded the books. I also appreciated how MacHale used description. While prose isn't his strong point (and arguably, these books weren't supposed to provide epic prose in the first place), in this book he finally nailed the right balance on how much detail to reveal. His descriptions of the Territories in the first 9 books were epic, but were sometimes burdensome. Since the final book doesn't spend too much time on any one territory, it's finally free of that problem. The characters were of course still as lovable as ever, though I do feel like some (Notably Siri and Gunny) could have been given more to do. But I guess one has to keep in mind that this ultimately is Bobby's story (in this book more than any other). Overall, I feel the story the book told made a good finale. It wasn't perfect, but no book, and especially no book finale, ever really is.
O.K, I lied. I will spoil one thing, because I absolutely have to talk about the ending.
For those who don't know, the story ended with the Travelers departing this world to take on their role as almost-literal gods. The epilogue had a Bobby with no memories of his life as a Traveler, dying in a hospital with his beloved Courtney, making out, just like in the first book. Uncle Press walked in (sound familiar?), and handed Bobby the Journals he recorded as a Traveler. The End.
Many people hated this ending. It boggles me as to why. I totally understand why MacHale did this: He wanted to prove that the job of being a Traveler is a selfless job, a theme he tried (and largely succeeded in) weaving throughout the series. But he knew that he couldn't just have Bobby go through all he went through with no reward (He even had Bobby point out the unfairness of this). So he gave Bobby the one thing he wanted: a normal life. Many didn't understand how this was possible, but I think I do: Uncle Press mentioned that the Spirits of Solara have the ability to live in whatever reality they want. I think this was what ultimately happened to Bobby. I think he chose to live a life as if the Traveler adventure had never happened. As to why MacHale had Uncle Press show up to remind him of this adventure, I don't know. But I suppose it doesn't matter: I personally like endings that don't always give you all the answers.
So overall, this was a great book, and a great way to end a great series. Hobey Ho!