**spoiler alert** I was quite disappointed in the third book in the trilogy. The first was outstanding, the second was good, but this last one was not**spoiler alert** I was quite disappointed in the third book in the trilogy. The first was outstanding, the second was good, but this last one was not good. Sure, I've read worse, but I've read Kai Meyer at the top of his game, and this book was not the cream of the crop!
All the secrets that we'd been waiting to learn about- Merle's Mother, The Flowing Queen's business with Merle, Burbridge's importance to the story, Winter's quest for his love- were resolved rather suddenly. There was no build up. Where's Summer? In a ditch that we accidentally walked near! Who's Merle's mother? Oh, she's the sphinx lalapeya, that's been traveling with Seraphin! Burbridge? He's Merle's grandpa, who she can conveniently visit using Junipa's glass eyes.
Everything that happens in this book happens so fast. There's no tension, there's no struggle. Beloved characters die in less than a page without any warning, and worst of all, Merle has suspicious "fainting spells" right when the action is about to begin. I felt like Meyer didn't truly plan where he was going until he got to the 3rd book, at which point he tied together all loose plot threads any damn way he pleased.
Worst of all? It ends on a dramatic, pointless cliffhanger! The ending goes something like: "then they journeyed to another distant realm, seeking another magical adventure. The End." I really wish he had opted for the "happy" ending of Merle and Junipa living with Lalapeya, but I suppose that would have been too straightforward.
When I read The Water Mirror about two years ago, I absolutely fell in love with Kai Meyer's writing. I found his combination of traditional YA fantasy with adult concepts (such as politics, history, and hell) absolutely intoxicating, and I quickly rushed to read more of this works. I just really liked how dark he was willing to get- even going so far as to bring real demons FROM HELL into the story.
But after reading his other series, The Wave Walkers, I've realized that, as great as Meyer is, he can't keep a story going. In both series Kai starts off very strong and draws you in, but by the second book you're simply bored to tears (or, at least, I WAS!). And the third is just flat-out anti-climactic.
I finished The Dark Reflections Trilogy, not because it was enthralling, or because it had non-stop action, but because I wanted to know how it ended. And that's no way to get through a series, believe me! ...more
I was waiting for this book to get good, and although it seemed like it was definitely going somewhere, it never really takes off. The cutest/most enjI was waiting for this book to get good, and although it seemed like it was definitely going somewhere, it never really takes off. The cutest/most enjoyable part of this book (part II) is definitely the romance between Mel and her anonymous penpal (his identity was obvious to me, at least). Out of all the characters, I found Mel's brother Bran the most irritating of the bunch.
Perhaps I expected too much, but I felt that Crown Duel, after all the praise I'd heard, did not meet those expectations. ...more
I loved this series when I saw it as an anime, and because of the cliffhanger ending of the anime series, I decided to continue reading the series wheI loved this series when I saw it as an anime, and because of the cliffhanger ending of the anime series, I decided to continue reading the series where the anime left off.
If you don't know the plot of this story DO NOT SKIP AHEAD! Missing all of the little bumps and curves just to get to the ending will ruin the experience. Anyway, this was, hands down my favorite volume of the series because it was absolutely perfect. Although everything ends on a happy note, don't assume everyone gets a perfect happily-ever after.
I especially loved the final act, which takes place 15 or more years after the anime. We get to see all of our favorite characters, and what they have become. It's just the icing on the cake and wraps up everything perfectly!