All good things have to come to an end, right? So it is with The Gateway Chronicles. Last week the last book in this very much loved series came out. It is hard to believe that I was introduced to this series just a month into blogging (3.5 years ago). The first two books in the series were already available so I got to read them back to back. Then I had to wait several months for The White Thread. But then I had to wait a year between the next three. It was like the wait for Harry Potter!
If have been following along with the series, I highly recommend re-reading at least The Scroll, but if you have the time a re-read of the whole series won't hurt. The Bone Whistle jumps right into the story.
Darcy's family has moved to Tennessee and her parents don't want her to go to the camp with the gang. They think Sam, Amelia, Dean, Perry, and Lewis are made influences. In desperation to get back to camp, get back to Tellius, get back to Alitheia, Darcy tells her parents everything. Yeah, that goes over well. Locked in her room she finds an likely ally in her brother, but will she make it back before the gateway closes?
The Bone Whistle was as full of action and totally captivating as the previous 5 books in the series. Yet, there was a slightly different tone for this installment. We the readers know we have to say goodbye to the characters at the end, but with the stakes so high the characters themselves seem to know that goodbyes are coming too.
My only nit to pick with the story was the 8 weeks of wasted story while we waited for Darcy to recover. Don't worry the pages aren't blank, and we don't know until after the fact that 8 weeks past. But I still couldn't help thinking that we could have had 8 more "weeks" with the characters.
It was nice to get glimpse of past characters that had minor but important roles throughout the story. Even the fallen are remembered.
I have to say that KB Hoyle wrote one of the best closing books I have read in quite some time. She wrote it in a way that very much feels like the characters live on, yet the story is complete. Much like how we close a chapter of our lives - the end of high school, the end of college, etc.
If you haven't read this series, or just like to wait for the complete series to be available so you can binge read, now is the time. Forget that it is a Middle Grades/Young Adult series and just delve into this timeless tale of friendship, loyalty, growing up, doing what is right, and love. (If I was twenty years younger I would so be swooning over Tellius).
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available formats: ebook and paperback (372 pages)
Published: September 2014 by The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House
Genres: fantasy, coming of age, middle grades/young adult
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
Read: August 2014
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