I very much enjoyed the first two books in the WondLa series by Tony DiTerlizzi (reviews here and here) so naturally I grabbed The Battle For WondLa (Book #3) when it was released:
Eva Nine is at her bravest in the final book in the New York Times bestselling trilogy from the fantastical mind of Tony DiTerlizzi.
All hope for a peaceful coexistence between humankind and aliens seems lost in the third installment of the WondLa trilogy. Eva Nine has gone into hiding for fear of luring the wicked Loroc to her companions.
However, news of the city Solas being captured by the human leader, Cadmus Pryde, forces Eva into action once again. With help from an unlikely ally, Eva tries to thwart Loroc’s ultimate plan for both mankind and the alien life on Orbona.
Complete with lavish two-color illustrations and spot art throughout, and starring a host of unforgettable characters that reinforce the importance of friendship, The Battle for WondLa has all the hallmarks of a classic book—of the future.
I have to confess, I think I should have read the first two books in this trilogy before reading the third.
I did go back and read the last chapter or two of the second book to try to get my bearings but I still felt a little lost at times.
This third book, however, has all the ingredients that makes the series enjoyable: wonderful illustrations and all around design; imaginative characters and settings; and some great adventures.
I enjoyed reading it, and seeing the story move toward a conclusion and the climax was exciting. There were times, however, that I had a hard time keeping everything straight.
The history/future and all the species, races and people’s relationships between and amongst them can get a little confusing at times. And there are moments when things get a little cheesy.
But all in all it really is a great series full of imagination and creativity, a great main character in Eva, and a gorgeous package to wrap it all up.
This is a series I can see myself going back re-reading and then sharing with my kids.