Of Truth and Beasts follows along the same lines as the first two books. Wynne is traveling around with Chane and Shade, trying to learn what she canOf Truth and Beasts follows along the same lines as the first two books. Wynne is traveling around with Chane and Shade, trying to learn what she can to save the world. In Shade and Shadow she stayed close to home, trying to get past the blockades her guild set up just after she got back. There she learns some things that lead her to a dwarf city in Through Stone And Sea, and now from what she’s learned in the dwarf city, she’s off to the capital city of the elves where she meets some secret allies and not so secret enemies.
As you can probably tell there is a LOT more to all this than what I’m telling you here, but if I were to tell you every little secret of these book, I’d never be done and I’d spoil everything.
But in the end I liked Of Truth and Beasts despite Wynne and Chane being my least two favorite characters out of everyone we meet throughout the entirety of the series. It was a little bit long in the tooth mostly because the premise and plot hasn’t really changed but that’s to be expected in a series this long. But the epilogue more than made up for it because my favorite characters from the first have of the series come back! Yay! And it looks like everyone teams up again in the next installment, Between their Worlds! Double yay!
The only thing is I’m not sure if I like where the characters are going. Wynne was so innocent in the beginning, only interested in the pursuit of knowledge, and doing what she feels is right. And while she still does that, she does to recklessly, impulsively and without regard to consequence for the most part. And while in the beginning that was fine, it’s not so much now because it hasn’t changed over three books. She’s still dashing off into any direction she thinks is right blindly and without forethought, then freaks out when things don’t work out before finding another clue and dashing off again. Lather, rinse, repeat.
And Chane is just getting whiny. He never really wanted to be a vampire, he was turned against his will by the main bad guy of Act 1, so some of this is understandable because he hasn’t been undead very long and is still mostly human in his thought processes. But he doesn’t move on! Like a bloody broken record.
He’s constantly bemoaning how horrible, dark and evil the world is and how the only good thing is Wynne and her guild and now he’s going to do anything to protect her; and heaven forbid she gets a paper cut while in the same room as him! You’d think he let her hand get gnawed off by a hungry rat while he was distracted by a pretty, pretty flower. But of course now that the guild is showing itself to be so duplicitous he’s crying over the fact that the one shining light in the world is now tarnished, and that his precious innocent Wynne isn’t so innocent anymore and she’s changed and blah blah blah, whine whine whine, angst angst angst.
If it was trying for you to read that here imagine what it’s like to read it for 200+ pages. I mean the guy is worse than freaking Edward pining over Bella. Not quite sure how that’s possible, but there you have it.
I know this review may not have exactly endeared you to the Noble Dead saga in its entirety, but it is a good series. I read the first half of the series like I was popping tic tacs. The second half here involving Wynne, I admit I have a hard time getting through, but I think that's because I don't like the main characters in the second arc as much as I did the first.
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