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Gratuitous Epilogue (Touchstone #4)

4.14  ·  Rating Details  ·  841 Ratings  ·  89 Reviews
What happens when the plot ends? A relentless barrage of weddings, babies, and planetary colonisation! Meandering through the two years following the conclusion of the Touchstone Trilogy, this self-indulgent collection of family reminiscence is more saccharine than dramatic, with the most action to be found in snowball fights.

For those who truly just want to know what happ
ebook, 128 pages
Published December 31st 2011 by Andrea K. Hösth (first published December 30th 2011)
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Feb 03, 2015 Andrea added it  ·  (Review from the author)
The Touchstone Trilogy covers a single year in the life of Cassandra Devlin, and was originally written as a day-by-day fiction blog. When I completed the trilogy, I continued writing a once-a-month entry for the next year and a half, despite the resolution of all major tensions, simply because I was fond of the characters and always want to know what happens next - even if what's next is "nothing much"!

This is truly a volume for the fans. Weddings, barbeques, babies, and interplanetary politics
Jan 17, 2014 Andrea added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
For me, this series is by far the most re-readable of my books. I suspect it's the format, but also the voice. Cass is simply fun to read. A nice way to start the year.
Apr 04, 2016 Glory rated it really liked it
Спасибо автору за чудесный и такой обстоятельный эпилог)))
Я соскучилась по ребятам, и после последней прочитанной гадости эта прелесть пошла на ура.
Если читали трилогию, можно чуток обождать и браться за эпилог)) А если еще не читали - вперед и с песней. Классная вещица.
Laura (Kyahgirl)
5/5; 5 stars; A+

October 2015 re-read: Still awesome!

April 2012: This 'epilogue' was 162 pages long on my e-reader. Can it still be called an epilogue? It was an awesome continuation of the story after the final major conflict was resolved. The only sad part was we never learned what became of Ghost. Other than that, it was practically perfect!
Aug 25, 2016 Larisa rated it really liked it
Да-а-а, вот это Мэйзу хэппи-энд подвалил, вообще неожиданный. Но от того не менее приятный. :) И вообще как же все это было мило, когда Сен бегала постоянно и кричала про "baby". С секретами у нее пока не очень. ))))
Очень радостно, что сбылись все желания и мечтания Касс, даже кофе и шоколадки у нее теперь есть. )) С улыбкой закончила читать эту замечательную серию.
Oct 15, 2012 Kerry rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks, 9, sf, 2012
I admit to being a sentimental puppy sometimes, so I loved this "tie up the ends" piece from Andrea Höst. It's set after the end of Caszandra and does exactly what it says on the cover. it gives the readers a look at how everyone copes after the end of the trilogy and gives us a glimpse of what are mostly happy endings.

It's fun and satisfying and I enjoyed it very much.

Of course, you need to read the actually trilogy first (I just gave a friend the first book, Stray in the hope of introducing a
Jan 19, 2013 Estara rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who enjoyed the Touchstone Trilogy
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Feb 24, 2016 Rezeda rated it liked it
Именно то, что автор обещает в аннотации - свадьбы, дети, колонизация, стройка, то есть обстоятельный такой ХЭ :). Естественно, читать имеет смысл только если вы соскучились по Кассандре и ко, и то необязательно - кому-то может быть всё равно скучно. Лично мне приятно было на вечер снова вернуться на Муйну к героям и узнать, как именно у них всё устроилось и у кого кто родился.
Oct 30, 2014 Beth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-reading

Awesome! I love seeing how things turn out after the main peril is over. SO VERY GLAD the author did this.
Highly recommended to those who read the trilogy. Actually made go back & reread the trilogy I just finished!
I enjoyed Andrea Host's characters so much I was glad she wrote this...wanted to see what happened to them later! It was enjoyable.
Laura Navello
An abundance of babies! There are babies and pregnant women everywhere! I’m not really very fond of children and I find it a bit annoying that everyone in this series seems to like them and willing to have more than 3 babies at a young age. I also need to make a confession… I really don’t like Sen. Everybody seems to like her and find her amusing… I find her annoying and spoiled. I feel really bad about this though.

Despite the humongous amount of children, I loved reading this epilogue and I’m g
Jan 05, 2015 Wyrdness rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-romance
This reads like amazingly detailed fanfic, which I don't mean negatively, but it's so obviously a HEA wish fulfilment.

All (okay, a great many) of the major characters of the trilogy suddenly stop needing to risk killing themselves on a daily basis and instead decide to almost immediately become explorers and landscape gardeners as well as get married and have babies at pretty much the exact same time (I'm almost surprised not to have an Epilogue epilogue set many years later showing the Cult of
Jul 15, 2012 Jen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: keepers, kindle
I absolutely LOVED the entire Touchstone Trilogy and am SOOOOO grateful that this was written. It ties everything nicely together and it still had action. It is NOT gratuitous at ALL. It actually was necessary and the ending was SO perfect, I was actually speechless (that doesn't happen to me often) and could only squeal in joy and glee and happiness and sadness that it was over. :( I can't wait to read her other works, especially the new one that's coming out soon... :D However, there will neve ...more
Maria Elmvang
Mar 07, 2016 Maria Elmvang rated it it was amazing
Best gratuitous epilogue ever :) It didn't answer as many questions about the Powerstones etc. as I had hoped, but I hardly minded, because I LOVED how much to ended up focusing on Cass' family back in Australia... ever since finishing "Caszandra" I'd been slightly disappointed that we didn't get to see her Mum's reaction to the letter.

Having a diary entry per month worked out well, and allowed the epilogue to spread out over 2.5 years without seeming too drawn out. I loved the weddings and seei
Apr 19, 2012 Emily rated it it was amazing
I think that this series should be marketed as a four-parter instead of a trilogy, as the "Gratuitous Epilogue" is a perfect ending to this saga. While it might be viewed as a little treacley and happy-ending-ish, but I found it very satisfying to see how things went. In just a few days, I grew very attached to these characters and I have a feeling that the author did as well since she went to the trouble of tying up the loose ends.

Afternote: Haha, just read the author's thoughts on the book and
Jennifer Brass
Jan 18, 2015 Jennifer Brass rated it really liked it
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Jul 21, 2013 Kristin rated it really liked it
This was an interesting strategy...a book to conclude the series. After plowing through nearly 900 pages with these characters, I totally wanted to know what happened to them. There were lots of loose ends to tie. Although this book was billed as "after the adventures", I thought it had some interesting surprises. I believe I outright gasped once! But mostly, I enjoyed hearing what happened in various relationships and the sweet satisfaction of happy endings.
Mar 17, 2013 Hallie added it
Exactly what it says on the tin, and a perfect way to spend a rainy St. Patrick's Day afternoon. I wasn't totally taken with some of the middle bit, aside from all the ceremonies (actually was three weddings and an almost-funeral, come to think of it!), in part because the bit about the umbilical cord wrappage was all very unlikely. However, the emotional payoff at the very end was just wonderful. Lots of little surprises and just the right kind of joy.
Mar 13, 2013 Anna rated it it was amazing
Such a nice treat, another extract from Cass' diaries, from the years following the end of touchstone. How the adoptees settled in, who had babies with who, weddings, all about the new grandparents, etc. as the title says its all totally gratuitous, but given tht these characters nd this universe seem utterly real to me it's lovely to get more info on how everyone is doing!
Feb 26, 2013 Sho rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, sci-fi
THank you so much for this epilogue! Some people might prefer not to read after the HEA but not me. I loooove to know what happened next. I especially loved knowing what happened to the children as well as the other Setari couples. And the bit at the end with Cass's mom was priceless. I think this book is a must for people who read Touchstone series!
Emily Leathers
Dec 31, 2013 Emily Leathers rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone, but make sure you read the main trilogy first or this will make no sense
I feel so calm and happy after reading the last part of this epilogue book that I think this series is going to be what I turn to every time I need some true comfort reading.

I'm not a big re-reader, so it means something that when I finished this I wanted to start the series right over again so I could spend some more time with the characters.
Dec 26, 2013 A rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
I loved the three main books and this was a satisfying soother for that little phase of grief that I always experience at the end of a great immersive story. Indeed, I was so pricked by the fruitful end of the story that I went back to the book 1 and read the series a second time just to watch the story seeds being planted again.
Apr 22, 2012 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Just what it says it is. If you are one of those people (like me) who just wants to know what happens after the excitement hs died down and the threat of impending doom has lifted. Pleasant follow up to Cass and Zaorens new lives as family and was a sweet way to spend an afternoon in the sun.
Oct 08, 2013 Davina rated it really liked it
Shelves: aussie-author
I couldn't get enough of these charcters so even though I was satisfied with the ending of the last book this was such an added bonus. Yes it was mushy and emotional with very little action scenes. But it gave closure for all our favourite character and I love my happily ever afters.
Kara Prem
Jul 04, 2013 Kara Prem rated it it was amazing
Although I am sure Casandra' s story could continue on , this book nicely wrapped up a lot of stories from the Touchstone Trilogy. There wasn't as much action and more of a domestic focus, but I got to find out what happened to so many of the characters, this was a great ending.
Feb 18, 2013 Mallori rated it liked it
Well named, the Gratuitous Epilogue spells out Cassandra's happily ever after for saps like me. While not strictly necessary, this was an enjoyably quick read that checks in with Cass and her family periodically in the two years following the end of the Touchstone trilogy.
Sep 25, 2012 Marcel rated it really liked it
It was great to return to Caszandra and see how life turned out for her when everything had sort of settled down a bit. The book ends with the possibility for an epilogue to the epilogue with Caszandras mum and friend arriving on Caszandra's world.
Andromeda Edison
Dec 04, 2012 Andromeda Edison rated it really liked it
This was a fun little ending touch to a very enjoyable series. The third book in the story did a good job wrapping the important story lines but this one took care of the minor ones that are nice to have all tied up.
Jan 05, 2012 Danae1972 rated it it was amazing
It was really nice to get some extra fluffy goodness to see what happened next to the characters we've grown to love. I'm working on getting my friends hooked on these books as well :)
Feb 03, 2014 Chachic rated it really liked it
I'm grateful for the epilogue because it's nice to know what happens to the characters after the trilogy. *happy sigh*
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Born in Sweden and raised in Australia, Andrea K Höst currently lives in Sydney. She writes fantasy, but wanders occasionally into science fantasy.

Her novel "The Silence of Medair" was a finalist for the 2010 Aurealis Award for best fantasy novel.
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