- End of Days
- Susan Ee
- Released May 12th 2015
- Book 3 of Penryn and the End of Days
- 4 Stars
The final showdown among the angels is fast approaching and both archangels are busy gathering supporters to become the new messenger. Penryn and Raffe are on the run trying to find a doctor to reverse the damage done to Paige and Raffe but startling revelations about Raffe’s past bring out a darkness that could destroy the world. When the angels release an apocalyptic nightmare onto humans, both sides are set on a path toward war. As unlikely alliances form and strategies shift, Penryn and Raffe are caught up in their love for each other and their kind. In the end, only one side can be left standing.
I’m sad to see the series end. This conclusion is both horribly unsatisfying and earth moving good at the same time. There’s blood and battles, secrets revealed, and love strong that nothing could bring it down.
Really, I don’t know what to say because this book is at once lackluster in that I wanted everything to be more over the top and amazing in that it made me feel that way and feel so much more. I want more Penryn/Raffe, more witty banter but instead I get camaraderie and aching professions of loyalty and love which are just as satisfying. I want to clearly hate either the angels or the resistance but this book brings out the best and worst in both, no side is a beacon of righteousness, making it impossible to love or hate one over the other. I want, I want; I get, I get. So much and so little that I’m torn.
End of Days takes great creative turns like into the pit and back, this excursion both expanding the scope of the series and lending wonderful insight into the history of the angels. I said it in my review of the past two books that I really like learning what this series had to say about angel mythology and this book shows so much about Raffe’s past, about all of the watchers. The pit’s creepiness factor was up there with the first half of World After, though there’s only so much horror that can be packed into a series before it becomes unhorrifying.
The battle scenes are on point and despite knowing the outcome of the final fight beforehand, specifics still managed to surprise me. The resistance and the angel are both ingenious and even the non warrior humans get their time to shine. I was really glad that Paige got this triumphant ending as did her mother when Penryn comes to the realization that both of them are stronger than she gives them credit for and that she doesn’t have to spend all of her time fussing over them.
I do think the book cut off too quickly but there are good things here too. There’s an epilogue which gives a glimpse into how everyone has healed, what the angels are going to do, and how the rebuilding process is going. This epilogue is sweet but super short and again, abrupt and doesn’t give any insight into Penryn/Raffe, immensely annoying because of all the promise they gave earlier in the book for a good ending. What such a vague and quick ending does though is give me a release from the series. I’m pretty sure we all love and hate endings that leave us reeling and the same goes for less in depth endings which spare us emotional heartbreak but obviously leave us without more. Endings are difficult and I think Susan Ee did the best she could with this!
Now a note about the series as a whole. Despite its ups and downs, I liked how the books flowed into each other (no seriously, you could technically put all three into one book and it would seem like that: one book not three) and how relationships evolved over the whole series. From its fledgling indie beginnings to this final instalment, Penryn and the End of Days has been a pleasure to read. I’m happy for the characters, the way it ended, and this series will hold a place on my bookshelves for a long time!