Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Review: The Night is Found (The Magdeburg Trilogy #1) by Kat Kruger

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18583939-the-night-is-found?from_search=trueGoodreads Synopsis:
When they tried to kill a prince, they made a king

In the aftermath of his pack leader’s assassination Connor Lewis is ready to take control. Rodolfus de Aquila’s plan before he died was to unite the European werewolf packs against their common enemies: the Hounds of God who make the laws and enforce them ruthlessly with questionable motives, and the Luparii, an intergovernmental group of werewolf hunters now bent on the extermination of his kind. The uneasy alliance between these two factions has fallen apart, and now a battle wages leaving the pack werewolves scrambling to escape bio-chemical warfare on one side, and total domination on the other.

After hearing rumors of a union between the American packs Connor returns with Amara to his home city of New York to learn how to bring the Old World packs together. Werewolf society in the New World has taken a very different course from that of Europe, but when Connor meets the American leaders he begins to question if their ways are, in fact, the path forward.

A world away from Madison, Arden, and all those that he is trying to protect, Connor must discover the secret to uniting and leading the packs under one final charge, or else risk extinction for their entire species in the epic conclusion to The Magdeburg Trilogy.

Rated T - Teen 13 and up: May contain violence, crude humour, suggestive themes and/or strong language.

***I received the eBook free as a review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review***

As the third and final book in The Magdeburg Trilogy, The Night is Found is an excellent, fast-paced conclusion that meets all of my expectations.

There were times when the pace slowed and intensity increased, particularly when plans were being made and these gave me the breather I needed in an otherwise action-packed novel. There were fight scenes that never got repetitive as well as surprises, that didn’t fail to surprise.

From the start of this series and Connor’s journey I have always been on his side. He’s had a lot of responsibility dumped on him as it has progressed and I loved the way he accepted this and moved on instead of dwelling on a past he can’t get back no matter how much he wants to or moans about it *cough*unlike Maddison*cough*. While I admit that Maddison played a much bigger part in this book and she took to it well, there was always the threat of a pity party for one. It’s not nearly as constant as before which shows her development but she simply didn’t grow on me.

Arden on the other hand was completely hands-on in the war and even though his part was a little underplayed it was great to see more of him and how he coped with yet more changes. There were a couple occasions where I worried Maddison was taking too much of an interest him (in which case I would have had to throttle her) but Kruger stuck true to the characters.

Everything comes together beautifully in this novel, even if the outcome isn’t perfect for each character I thought the mixture of grief and happiness was a great portrayal of the end of a war. The epilogue was simply perfect, and just a taster of what I think is to come for these characters even if we don’t see it in future books. I’ve always thought that characters live beyond the final page of a book/series, whether it’s in the reader’s heart or author’s imagination and this definitely goes for The Night is Found.
Favourite Quotes:
“Paranoia has become an unwanted side effect from being on so many most-wanted lists.”

 “With great power comes great mistrust.”
“That’s not how that line goes.”

“Sometimes wounds don’t heal. Sometimes they get infected.”

“Everything on this green earth has a price. Some things, the ones that are important, you don’t often pay for, but when you do it could cost you damn near everything.”

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