Thursday, 19 February 2015

Series Review: The Descendants Series by Melissa Wright

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22879444-descendants-seriesFirst Book’s Goodreads Synopsis:
Twenty-two-year-old Aern is done watching his brother destroy the only thing that matters. He never wanted to take Morgan’s place among council, never wanted to rule their hidden world. But when the key to the prophecy is found, a young girl named Brianna whom Morgan will destroy, Aern knows he has to take action.

What he really wants, is for things to go back to normal. But now he’s kidnapped a girl, and his brother’s men are after him. His only hope is to join with the Division, but they have plans of their own, and it’s the last thing Aern is willing to do.
Emily just wants her sister back. She doesn't care about the prophecy, or realize what’s at stake. But when she goes after Aern, the truth of the matter uncoils, and Brianna isn't the only one who’s in danger.

Suddenly, they’re at the center of a secret war, and unless they can work together, they’ll both have a sacrifice too big to make.


Review:
This is a series where it takes a long time for you to get your head around the intricate plot, and then leaves you with a million questions even after you’ve finished the very last page! Understandable in the first book, and then continuing because it keeps your interest at its peak, but my problem came in the last book. Simply because it turned everything on its head leaving you to try and fit all the pieces back together, something I’m not sure I’ve actually done correctly…

I sped through these books in a matter of days; the action meant I never wanted to put them down. However it also caused me to overlook subtle plot suspicions, so my advice to you (apart from picking it up obviously): is read and take in every word. You don’t want to miss anything.

There are so many characters introduced throughout - all with their own agendas, so likelihood is they’re going to clash. A lot. And result in some major fights… Figuring out who to trust was a test not just for the characters, but the reader, because it wasn’t always clear as day. It was hard of course for the mass-murdering psychopaths to be inconspicuous, but like I said: everyone has motives.

It’s exceptionally hard to go into detail without spoiling something so I’m ending my review here; keeping it short and sweet!
Favourite Quotes:
“For thousands of years, the Seven Lines have held a prophecy. The details are vague, as such things often are, but it can pretty much be summed up like this: Do things right, or everyone will die.”

“It struck me then that I had the perfect comparison for the prophecy. It was like reading the end of a book, knowing what would happen but having to wait to see how the chapters played out in between.”

“Sometimes,” I said, “you have to choose between two bad things.”

“There were plenty of words to be said, but neither spoke them, because “if we die tomorrow” is never the best preface to confess your feelings.”

“Rest,” he said. “We are all safe.” It wasn’t a promise to remain unharmed, only the reprieve to shut your eyes. To recover until the next round.”

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