BOOK REVIEW: End of Days (Penryn and the End of Days #3) by Susan Ee

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This review does not contain spoilers.

After a daring escape from the angels, Penryn and Raffe are on the run. They’re both desperate to find a doctor who can reverse the twisted changes inflicted by the angels on Raffe and Penryn’s sister. As they set off in search of answers, a startling revelation about Raffe’s past unleashes dark forces that threaten them all.

When the angels release an apocalyptic nightmare onto humans, both sides are set on a path toward war. As unlikely alliances form and strategies shift, who will emerge victorious? Forced to pick sides in the fight for control of the earthly realm, Raffe and Penryn must choose: their own kind or each other?

When my copy of End of Days arrived in the mail, I was literally skipping with excitement. A carpenter who was giving a quote for some work at our house told me he had never been so excited about anything in his life … except maybe beer. Bad luck for his wife, I guess.

This book is comfortably thick, and the cover—following in the footsteps of Angelfall and World After—is visually stunning. As the final instalment in the Penryn and the End of Days trilogy, End of Days had a lot of wrapping up and explaining to do, and it did not disappoint. I think this book answered every question that ever occurred to me, and then some.

From the first page, I was immediately whisked away to Penryn’s terrifying and thrilling world. In addition to familiar characters, we’re introduced to some that have only ever been mentioned. Dialogue proves to be, once again, one of Susan Ee’s strongest points as these characters leap from the pages, fully developed and individual within moments of first meeting them.

The relationship between Penryn and Raffe becomes more physical. These scenes are well-written and will no doubt excite readers who have been shipping this relationship for years. But these instances do sometimes seem a bit empty to me, and I think it’s because—while the physical intimacy is new and interesting—I feel like their emotional connection takes a back seat. Part of the reason I loved this pairing so much was because their banter, friendship, and loyalty was as compelling as the prospect of physical romance. Now I’m wondering if Penryn and Raffe pre-End of Days were a more fulfilling pairing for me.

While the romance plays a bigger part in this book, it’s still only part of an incredible narrative. The world-building soars to new heights as fantasy and reality are woven seamlessly together. Penryn’s narrative voice is engaging and, thanks to its simple and effective language, even the supernatural elements have been easy to picture.

 

The verdict

If you’re interested solely in the romance and noticed the lack of emotional connection between Penryn and Raffe then you might feel that the book is a little lacklustre. But if you’re interested in the series as a whole, the confusing balance of intimacy and physicality is merely a stutter in an otherwise beautiful story. End of Days is, ultimately, a satisfying conclusion to the Penryn and the End of Days trilogy. As soon as I closed the book, I wanted to start all over again.

 

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