Reviewed by First Mate Keira
Title: End (The Legend of Eli Monpress, Book 5)
Author: Rachel Aaron
Page Count: 550 pages
Grade Reading Level: Ages 15+
Summary: Eli realized the fatal flaw in his plan to escape from the “Shepherdess” – he made friends. To save them, he sacrificed himself. The first rule of thievery: don’t be a hero. Now he is once more is in her clutches, and this time she will not let him go. She is making a special place for them to live together forever… a prospect that is most horrifying!
Why I started this book:
I was recommended this series by a friend, I have been following it ever since! Good series. Plus that cliffy in book four? No way was I not going to know what happened to Eli!
- The character cast is juggled deftly and nobody was dropped.
- The tightly woven plot that moves in a fast pace and explains all of Rachel’s world building idiosyncrasies – with one caveat.
- How Eli comes to outfoxed Benehime – in his past and in the present.
- How the situation of Benehime is fully resolved with the other powers and those that join them.
- The idea that the “Creator” is absent, is powerless against destruction (in the form of demons), or would leave self-centered megalomaniacs like Benehime in charge. It is the only thing truly unsatisfactory in the series, both for its religious overtones and its inadequate explanation which is never wrapped up sufficiently.
Final thoughts: Clever, smart, and fun. I will always want more Eli. He is by far my favorite thief.
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Rating: 5 Treasure Chests