Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Size: 368 pages
Release Date: February 25, 2014
Stand Alone or Series: 6th book in the Mythos Academy series
Source: eGalley from NetGalley.com
Rating: 4/5 stars
This is the sixth and final book in the Mythos Academy series. I got a copy of this book to review through NetGalley (thanks to NetGalley and K-Teen for the chance to read this book). I was a huge fan of the first 3-4 books in this series and then I thought the most recent books lagged a bit. However, this book does an excellent job of wrapping up the series and I enjoyed it.
Gwen is hoping for some peace, but worried that the Reapers might attack at any moment. Then she is asked to use her psychometry to scan a bunch of artifacts and find out which artifact the Reapers are after. The artifact is a magic candle with incredible healing powers. Gwen and crew must protect this candle so that the Reapers don’t get it and heal Loki with it. All of this will lead to the final showdown between the students/teachers of Mythos Academy and the Reapers.
This was a well done conclusion to this series. The plot does continue to be a bit repetitive (there are again a number of scenes where Viv jumps barely escapes on her black Roc). The story is also pretty predictable.
Gwen honestly hasn’t grown as much as a character as I had hoped. It seems like she is finally accepting her friends’ aid and working as a team. It seems like her and Logan are finally being honest with each other. That is of course until she lies to everyone again and tries to sneak off and do the most dangerous thing she can on her own…again. This is something Gwen has consistently done throughout the series and I wish that she had learned her lesson by now. Gwen does make leaps and bounds in learning to use her psychometry as a weapon and is wielding it with more precision, so that was good to see.
Logan has grown a lot as a character. He is respecting Gwen’s power and trusting her to take care of herself. I liked seeing that and liked the way he called Gwen out on her own immaturity at times.
There is a ton of action in this book, it is definitely more urban fantasy than paranormal romance. We even get to see Gwen’s grandma get in on some of the fighting. Lots of sword fights and scenes of fighting between the Reapers and Gwen and her friends.
The story is incredibly fast-paced and of course we finally get to see that final showdown between Gwen and Loki. Loki is in the story a bit more and, although he is a creepy bad dude, I wish his character had a bit more depth to it….he was kind of 2D throughout the series.
The story wraps up beautifully and I enjoyed how everything came together (even if it was fairly predictable). The book is well written, engaging, and makes for a fast read. Estep includes an afterward about this being her first book series that she has wrapped up, she also discusses whether or not there will be future books in this world.
Overall a great conclusion to this series. There is a lot of action and the story is fast paced. The book was a quick read and well written. I do wish that some of the plot elements has been less repetitive and that the story had been a bit less predictable, but I still enjoyed reading it. This whole series is recommended to those who enjoy young adult urban fantasy with mythology in it.