Author: Andrea Cremer
Pages: 414 pgs
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Release Date: January 3rd 2012
Review Source: Philomel/Penguin
I'm so sad to see this series come to an end, but it's been wonderful all the way through. Andrea Cremer definitely created a fantastic world and kept me captivated all the way through.
Calla Tor has been preparing for war her entire life, but now the stakes have changed. Not only are they fighting the masters they served for years, but Calla also has to prove herself as alpha and protect her pack.
Everything rides on protecting Shay so that he can fulfill his purpose, but with Ren back in the picture that's easier said than done. It's fight up to the very end and with so many lives hanging in the balance, will they be able to face this last challenge?
In Nightshade we are first introduced to Calla and the Guardian's in their lives with the Keepers. Everything they had ever known had been in Vail and with the Keepers, and the story was in a completely different dynamic. But with Wolfsbane and Bloodrose everything changed for them and the battle for their lives was near. I loved that change and intensity of the story, the shift of discovery from the first book to action in the others.
Calla is a strong female, and I absolutely love that about her. Not only is she a Guardian, but she's also an alpha and she's not afraid to put the boys in place when they get out of hand. Though she is a teenage girl with typical teen worries, she always manages to put her pack first.
Even though book comes out tomorrow, I still don't want to give anything away. So, all I will say is that I absolutely loved this book and the trilogy as a whole. I'm still trying to decide exactly how I feel about the ending, though it made sense and Andrea had been hinting at it since Wolfsbane. I will definitely continue to read more from her and can't wait for the companion novel for this series.
For more information about this author and her upcoming works you can check out her website
http://www.andreacremer.com/ or follow her on Twitter http://twitter.com/andreacremer.