Thursday, March 28, 2013

Beautiful Redemption - Garcia/Stohl

Garcia & Stohl

Ethan Wate is dead and the place he's in clearly isn't heaven. Now he needs to find a way back to earth, back to Lena and Gatlin. Lucky for him all of his Caster companions want him back as well.

Beautiful Redemption is the last book of The Caster Chronicles. Unfortunately Redemption resets the tone of the entire series. If you'll remember, Creatures, Darkness and Chaos all had their flaws but regardless I was enamored with the world that the authors had created but half of Redemption is set in the "other" world. The one where all the dead people are. It's not a very interesting place to be and it makes Ethan so single minded that he has less dimension than a paper doll. Of course Ethan's death send's Lena into one of her manic mourning spells.

Even though Ethan goes through a very literal, by the book, hero's journey his highs and lows weren't big enough to strike a chord. Even the two big "fight" scenes at the end of the novel were a letdown.

In short: I loved The Caster Chronicles as a series. Really, I enjoyed these books so much more than I had ever expected to, or would have dared to admit this past January as I was making snarky comments through Beautiful Creatures. I just felt that Beautiful Redemption wasn't on par with the rest of the series, and to be honest, I would have rather seen things end after Beautiful Chaos than have to remember Ethan & Friends journey through the underworld as canon.


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