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Part 3 of my review for Penryn and the End of Days -
(2.75 stars) Something odd happened. I'm pretty sure I know what the cause was, but I could be wrong. Originally, Susan Ee said that this was going to be a five-book series. Five. Not three. Want to know what I think? Well, I'm going to tell you anyways. Subsequent goings-on have made me pause to consider this theory as possibly incorrect, but here it is: I think she was forced to close out the series by her publisher. My reason for thinking this (at the time) was the possibility of her working on a new series that her publisher decided was more important. Things like this happen far more than you probably want to know. However, I haven't seen anything new from the author, so maybe she closed it out early all on her own. I have no idea. All I know is that the story was set up to begin a new phase of the plot, and everything got pushed to the side and just...ended. No fanfare, no meaningful story, nothing. It was very, very disappointing. A new set of characters that appear in this book, characters who should (like Raffe) be older and mature, act unbelievably childish. We're talking twelve-year-old boys here. That is not even an exaggeration. My teenage daughter was cringing at that part as well. Book three left me with a bad taste in my mouth.
Am I sorry I read it? The short answer is "no" because the parts I loved, I loved tremendously. I'm happy I read most of it. Some part of me wishes that I hadn't read book three, but the author writes the story. That's the story we have to live with. It still didn't upset me as much as Allegiant
(Book three of the Divergent trilogy), but I still feel that this could have been an epic five-part series instead of a pretty good three-parter.