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Death (The Mercian Trilogy #3) by K.J. Wignall

I decided to read K.J. Wignall’s Death, the third and final book in The Mercian Trilogy, just to get some closure … [Review of book one here, book two here]

Plus, I got a review copy, so low risk.

In all seriousness, I did want to see how the series came to a close. And the ending was enjoyable.

The thing I struggled with was the pace of the story. It could be that it has been so long between reading the 2nd and 3rd book that I was disconnected from the story arc. Or it could be that this type YA novel is not my style. For whatever reason, I thought the plot dragged quite a bit in places. As Will and Eloise work at figuring out their destinies the story got bogged down.

It really only seemed to pick up some pace and drive in the final fourth of the book. Then I felt like things were coming together and the resolution was satisfying even if a little corny.

Overall, the series was interesting but in the end just not my genre or style. FWIW, I felt like Alchemy was the strongest book.

Weird that I am a reader and fan of YA fiction and of Wignall but the two combined didn’t really work for me. Looking forward to the movie version of For the Dogs and a new book in 2016.

Cover reveal and excerpt: 'The Book of Life' by Deborah Harkness

Cover reveal and excerpt: ‘The Book of Life’ by Deborah Harkness (my review of A Discovery of Witches)


Alchemy (Mercian Trilogy, #2) by K.J. Wignall

I read the first book in this trilogy, Blood, a couple of years ago and had mixed feelings.  Being a little OCD about series (particularly from authors I enjoy) I decided I should read the second book as well.  Alchemy, picks up basically where Blood left off:

In the thirteenth century, William, heir to the Earl of Mercia, was attacked and turned into a vampire. For 750 years, Will has spent his life in the shadows. Until he met Eloise.

Together, Will and Eloise must destroy an ancient evil that has led them to Marland Abbey, where Will’s ancestors lived and Eloise attends school. Here they uncover the truth about the four vampire kings, Will’s past, and an uncertain future.

But the mysterious sorcerer, Wyndham, is still hunting Will and using Eloise as bait. To protect the girl he loves, Will goes in search of answers—but does that mean walking right into the enemy’s trap?

As a number of reviewers have noted, Alchemy is a stronger book in many ways than Blood; which is a little unusual for a series.  But like many second books in a series it also has that awkwardness that comes from carrying the story forward but not bringing it to a complete conclusion.

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