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(Starling #3)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  982 ratings  ·  84 reviews

On a storm-swept terrace high above the streets of Manhattan, Mason Starling holds the fate of the world in her hands as her beloved Fennrys lies bleeding at her feet, his life hanging in the balance. The ancient Norse prophecy of Ragnarok stands poised on the knife edge of fulfillment. Mason’s transformation into a Valkyrie—a chooser of the slain and the one
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published December 23rd 2014 by HarperTeen
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Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“Prophecies don’t always come true. And even when they do, it’s usually in all the ways you never expected they would.”

This was a good end to the series, and I liked the action.

I liked the characters in this book; they stayed strong in the face of danger, and never stopped looking for a way to not only save themselves, but to save the world.

The death god’s eyes were b
Dec 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
TRANSCENDENT is the electrifying, edge-of-your-seat exciting and action-packed end to a series that delivered awesome battles, mythology, characters and writing. The pace was nonstop. The shocks and surprises kept coming. And the tension continued to build until its explosive conclusion.

With a fierce heroine who became even more intense in this third and final book in the trilogy, a swoon-worthy hero who never stopped fighting for what and who he wanted, a number of enemies whose motives and aim
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Gods, half gods, Ragnarok! Can Mason save the world?

Opening Sentence: “This is not right…,” Mason Starling murmured softly as sank to her knees beside the crumpled form at the center of a swiftly widening circle of blood.”

The Review:

So please be aware that if you have not read Starling or Descendant this will contain spoilers. So please STOP now and read the first two books before reading Transcendent. Literally, Transcendent starts where Descen
Angela Blount
May 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, urban-fantasy
3.5 Stars

Originally reviewed for YA Books Central:

This third and final book in the Starling series is a multi-POV work of urban fantasy, heavy on the Norse mythology angle while incorporating a mashup of pantheons that include ancient Greek and Egyptian elements.

I will admit upfront that I haven’t read the first two in the series, and as this book doesn’t seem meant to stand alone particularly well, I recognize my lack of foreknowledge has likely impede
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
Originally posted for its tour here.

4.5 stars

Transcendent was a fabulous ending to this urban fantasy series! This series has it all: the brooding and damaged bad boy, the golden hero, a fierce and also damaged leading lady, characters facing the end of the world as they know it, some great villains, and plenty of players, action, and twists to keep things interesting. Then you can't forget the humor, sarcasm, banter, and hopeless romance.

What I loved the most about this series was Mason and Fen
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
Great end to the series.

Content: Language and innuendo
Rashika (is tired)
***This review has also been posted on The Social Potato

I read Starling over two years ago and while I was taken by the book it took me a long time to finally pick up the sequel, which I did when I saw the trilogy finale on Edelweiss. I was ready to dive back into the world Livingston had created but was afraid that it might not live up to everything I had remembered it to be and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little disappointed. When I picked up Transcendent though, I was ready, and I was n
Michele (Reading Lark/CanadianTwiMom)

My review can also be found on Reading Lark:

4.5 stars!

Wow! That was quite a ride! A long time ago, after completing the Wondrous Strange trilogy, I SO wished for more of this world from Lesley…particularly more of Fennrys. And she sure did deliver. While the Starling books do take place in the same world, with some favourites from the original trilogy making an appearance along with Fennrys, this was still predominantly Mason Starling’s story with Fenn as
Jan 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
"Transcendent" is the explosive and action-packed third novel in the "Starling series" that begins when Fennrys is brought back to life as the Fenris Wolf and Gwen Littlefield sacrifices her life to save humanity from a curse. On the cusp of the Ragnorak, Mason Starling who's been transformed into a legendary Valkyrie is fated to choose the third chess piece in her father's game to bring about the apocalypse although she's determined to thwart him and save humanity. In the finale of a thrilling ...more
Jul 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Jan 25, 2014 rated it liked it
**I received this book for free from HarperTeen via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!! This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

*Genre* Young Adult, Paranormal
*Rating* 3.5

*My Thoughts*

Transcendent is the final installment in the Starling trilogy. The story picks up right where the cliffhanger ending to Descendant left off. 17-year old fencing champion Mason Starling never really had to fight for her life until the world changed in an instant.
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I managed to get my hands on an ARC. It was fantastic. It concluded the trilogy perfectly, I can't think of any loose ends. It was riviting. More than once I had my hand covering my mouth as I read. I found I was more emotionally invested in this one than the other too. And the end was just so GOOD! I wish I could say who was involved but I don't want to give anything away. All I can say is that it was so deserved and it was beautiful. Even though I have my ARC I'm still going to buy the hardcov ...more
Leah (Jane Speare)
Oct 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Good ending for the series. Few problems: It seemed like she was trying to fit too many mythologies into one story, Nordic, Celtic, Greek and Roman--just everything. It's a bit much. Also, it kinda irks me when the last book in series takes place in a few hours, and is one long battle-like sequence…such a short time frame makes for little character development in my opinion.

I really liked the first trilogy that this is a spin off from, Wondrous Strange. I have a feeling she may do yet another on
Oct 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So sad to see you go but I loved to watch you leave! Loved this conclusion to a wonderful series! Check out my *Rockstar Book Tour* stop Friday Dec. 19th @
Charlotte  Black
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Continuing exactly where Descendant left off, Mason is left begging Rafe, as Anubis, to save Fennrys's life. This will make Fennrys a wolf, and will fulfill a prophecy of sorts.

If the other two books were considered fast paced, then this one is superhuman fast. The story speeds up, if that's at all possible, and jets through vast epical backstory telling us about Fennrys and his own family, and how the school, Mason and her father are all involved in Ragnarok. Most importantly, why her father be
Lisa Lee
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Transcendent by Lesley Livingston was just wow...It was so amazing. This is the third and last book of the Starling Saga. I felt like the books just got better each time and it was so heart warming. This book involves with fighting, another world, gods, goddess, romance, action, family, friends, war and so much more. I can't believe it is really over. In this book, the main character had to find herself and save her world. It was a powerful story and I would recommend it. Safe Harbor is somethin ...more
A stunning conclusion to the Starling trilogy. This was one of the best endings ever since it tied everything up so well. Though I read this one a while ago, I still remember how some things went down. First of all, I absolutely hated how Mason's father and Rory manipulated her, I was glad how things turned out in the end. And of course Mason and Fennrys' relationship gets deeper while also going through some things on the part of Fenn.

Ragnorak (I don't know if I spelled it right) came full for
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
We have reached the culmination. Will Mason and Fenrys save the world from Ragnarok, or did turning Fenrys into an actual wolf set it in motion? Is it too late to stop it all?

It was a fun series. It wasn't too deep or dramatic, but not shallow enough to get bored. It was more a plot driven series rather than character driven. The character development was a little lacking, but the adventure was exciting and kept me engaged.
Jun 30, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite series...
Boo iam so bummed! Lesley put so much work into this series and made a really lame end result. I wanted there to be a physical war here iam highly upset with this vague conclusion.
Rachel Anne
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fantastic conclusion to the series.
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A race to the end.
Chin-Ning Chong
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Quite interesting! I like the twist in the mythology and the insistence that you CAN make your own choices and your own path, and that prophecy and 'destiny' can be twarted. ...more
Victoria Van Vlear
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
So glad to be done with this series.
Jennifer S
wished it would not end :(
Jessica (BookRockGoddess) Bolton
I really enjoyed this series. It was a lot of fun.
Zachary Flye
Jan 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Protagonist: At the end of the previous installment Mason Starling has the Odin Spear in her hand as the Fennrys Wolf lays dying at her feet. Now the fate of the world literally hangs in the balance of one choice that only Mason, a chooser of the slain, can make. Honestly, at this point Mason's a pretty well developed character at this point and this book is really about her using what she's learned and her experiences from the past two installments to find a way to end Ragnarok before it
Jul 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Yet another series comes to a close. I’ve been reading a lot of finales lately, and this one was definitely a good one. It was also very complex. I had some issues with the previous books. I sometimes got bored or confused. There are so many characters to keep track of, it gets confusing. This finale book starts out like a apocalyptic fantasy because New York City is trapped in a magic fog and all regular mortals are unconscious or dead because this curse. Ragnarok is coming and Mason and her fr ...more
Aug 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's the beginning of the end.... Transcendent is the last in the Starling trilogy by Lesley Livingston and folks it was fantastic.

I am going to do a quick and dirty because it's the last book in the series and well if you don't love the series by now then you won't and I will feel deeply sorry for you. You really missed out on a great story.

Transcendent was everything I hoped it would be. The plot was fast-paced at some points and steady at others. I was enthralled with the story, I couldn't wa
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