Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan
|Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan|
|Reviewer: Loralei Haylock|
|Summary: A final instalment that doesn't disappoint. Another fabulous trilogy from a writer who, in my view, is one of the best in the YA Fantasy genre. I can't wait to see what she does next!|
|Buy? Yes||Borrow? Yes|
|Pages: 384||Date: September 2014|
|Publisher: Simon and Schuster Children's Books|
|External links: Author's website|
Sorry-in-the-Vale has been taken over by Rob Lynburn and his merry band of evil sorcerers. But Kami Glass has never been one to let danger of death and dismemberment stop her on her quest for truth. And Kami has to know the truth about what happened to Jared, Jared who rescued her brother and hasn't been seen since.
The others might think there's a chance he's dead, but Kami can't. He has to be alive. She'll need all her strength, and that of her friends if she's to find him again, defeat the sorcerers who would use their townsfolk as sacrifices for power, and restore Sorry-in-the-Vale to the perfect place it used to be.
I've really enjoyed this series thus far and I'm pleased to report that the final instalment is not in any way a disappointment. Continuing in the same style as the others, it combines great characters, dark humour, desperate situations and compelling world building to deliver a truly excellent YA fantasy story.
Unmade definitely takes a dark turn, with characters turned into statues, offering themselves up for sacrifice and all but buried alive in secret spaces inside walls. Brennan definitely doesn't shy away from the horror her characters face, and it's all the more compelling and gripping for it. There is a real sense of jeopardy, and though it's counterbalanced by a large dollop of humour through the character interactions and conversations, you're constantly on the edge of your seat.
Perhaps best of all, Brennan doesn't neglect to develop the relationships between the characters, exploring ideas about sexuality, romantic and familial love that make the characters feel all the more like real people. I particularly liked Holly and Angela's awkward journey towards each other, and the way completely non-sorcerer plot related things kept getting in their way. It leant a realism to the story that could have been lost between the magic spells.
So, another fabulous trilogy from a writer who, in my view, is one of the best in the YA Fantasy genre. I can't wait to see what she does next!
My thanks to the publishers for sending a copy.
Fans of YA Fantasy might enjoy Strange Angels by Lili St Crow.
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