Date finished: Friday 10th February 2017

Format: Kindle

Pages: 384

First time reading?: Yes

*There will be spoilers ahead*

From Goodreads: New York Times bestselling author Maria V. Snyder brings her Poison Study series to its exhilarating conclusion.

Despite the odds, Yelena and Valek have forged an irrevocable bond and a family that transcends borders. Now, when their two homelands stand on the brink of war, they must fight with magic and cunning to thwart an Ixian plot to invade Sitia.”

Well I guess that’s it. Goodbye Ixia.

This is the ninth and final book in the awesome “Chronicles of Ixia” series and I’m so sad to see the end of this universe. I was so excited last year when I discovered there had been a new book out and there was an eighth and ninth upcoming.

Honestly, while I adore this world and have enjoyed my time in it, none of the subsequent books have lived up to the first. The nine book series is essentially comprised of three trilogies, and the original still stands out as the best in my opinion. That said I did enjoy this ending to the series, and I’m glad any and all loose ends from the first two trilogies set in this world have been neatly tied up.

I said going into this book that as it was the final chapter I’d be heartbroken if certain characters were killed off at the end, but SPOILER ALERT I feel as though the author made a little bit of a cop out by not losing any characters who have been key to the development of the story thus far. As much as I am glad none of my favourites met their makers (Valek, Janco, Onora) but with these kind of series you don’t expect everyone to make it to the end, and it just feels like an easy way out for an author.

By this point in the series we know our characters very well, but within the confines of this book there didn’t seem to be much space for character development. It was mostly plot – plot – plot, which made for some fairly fast paced reading (I read the whole book in just three sittings) but where events just kept the story moving, the characters were pretty much the same at the end of the book as they were at the start.

One of the things I really liked about these last few books of the series is how the story progresses through the eyes of different characters. This saved on a lot of exposition later on in the books, and allowed for some nifty cliffhangers on each chapter as you eft one character and jumped straight to another’s POV, who was usually in a pickle of their own.

As much as I enjoyed reading this book, and all the characters got closure in the end, there was something missing from the novel; I can’t quite put my finger on what it is, but there’s something. I think my read may have been tinted with the fact that I was so excited to get back to Sitia and Ixia. In the lead up to this book’s release I was psyching myself up so much I think I may have oversold the book in my mind.

I’m glad I followed the “Chronicles of Ixia” through to the end; even though the first book still stands out as my favourite of the series. I’ve gone back and read the first book a couple of times since I first read it, but I think I’m a bit less likely to do so with the last trilogy of the series. That said I liked that this final trilogy did give us another adventure in Ixia, and let us see all the characters get the closure they deserve.

My rating: 7.5/10