I’ve finally made it to the end of this series– and *wow* this was quite the journey. Wading deeper than ever into the Misery, Galharrow grows closer to it than ever before, and, I’d go as far as to say, becomes addicted to it. With ghosts and impending doom looming, it’s quite possible to say the world building was even darker than its predecessors.
Indeed, in many ways this is a story of struggling with depression and moving through a melancholy mood. In this, it becomes a struggle to hold onto one’s humanity and that’s the real crux of the issue. It’s safe to say, there’s a lot more meaning to this series than meets the eye.
As well written as ever, Crowfall was packed with plot twists and betrayals and intense action. It’s the kind of book that will grab your attention and not let it go. It’s the kind of story that rises and falls with the action- though the falls are perhaps more frequent before you can reach the end.
Yet while in some senses it’s a grimmer grimdark than many others, there’s also a deep heart to this story. In this final instalment, we get the moving reveal what Galharrow gave up his freedom for and it’s heartbreaking. This isn’t your usual stabby-stabby fantasy- this is the kind that has a more human story to tell. It is a farewell to lost love; it is about trying to move on.
What I liked most about it was how it showed the light shining in the darkness- there is a poignancy and beauty to the narrative that gives you hope. Yes, there are parts that are hard to trudge through, but once you get to the other side, this is truly an uplifting read.
Rating: 5/5 bananas
So, have you read this series? Do you plan to? Let me know in the comments!