Sunday, July 10, 2011
Maggie Stiefvater is at her very best here. With equal parts action, romance, and moral contemplation, Forever is a lyrical and breathtaking conclusion. The excellent character development in Linger continues into this finale: Sam is forced to face the looming unknown of the future much quicker than he'd like, and become a leader, sometimes without the support of Grace. Grace has Sam, and has finally grasped onto the independence she's been fighting for—but at a large cost. Isabel, despite desperately not wanting to care about the wolves, and sometimes even her new friends, finds herself helping them in ways that could drive a wedge even further between her and her family. And Cole is forced to accept who he has become, for all his failures and successes, and work incredibly hard to create and preserve a new life for himself.
Along the way, both Cole and Sam are at odds with each other and how they view Beck and his actions, both good and bad, and are forced to live and work together to find a way to save the pack. Some unexpected characters step in, and other unseen forces work against the characters, culminating in an ending that is a suspenseful race against time, with some less than perfect consequences. Forever finishes out perfectly, with a note of finality but an open future for the characters of this intensely beautiful trilogy.
Cover Comments: As always, the Wolves of Mercy Falls covers are gorgeous! The red has grown on me, and I like this depiction of Sam and Grace. Beautiful.
ARC picked up at BEA!