|Ascend (Trylle Trilogy #3) by Amanda Hocking
Published by St. Martin’s Griffin
Publish Date: April 24, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher
Wendy Everly is facing an impossible choice. The only way to save the Trylle from their deadliest enemy is by sacrificing herself. If she doesn’t surrender to the Vittra, her people will be thrust into a brutal war against an unbeatable foe. But how can Wendy leave all her friends behind…even if it’s the only way to save them?
The stakes have never been higher, because her kingdom isn’t the only thing she stands to lose. After falling for both Finn and Loki, she’s about to make the ultimate choice…who to love forever. One guy has finally proven to be the love of her life—and now all their lives might be coming to an end.
Everything has been leading to this moment. The future of her entire world rests in her hands—if she’s ready to fight for it. –(summary from Goodreads.com)
My Thoughts: I started reading Ascend almost reluctantly, but only because I couldn’t bear the thought of this series coming to an end. I loved every word of Switched and Torn and I knew without a doubt that I’d love the final book in the trilogy as well…I just wanted to hold onto these characters for as long as I could! I read it and, you guys, just as I thought – I loved it. Ascend is a fantastic conclusion to a fantastic series.
1. The Characters. By now, Wendy has settled into her role as Princess with a fierce and confident sort of poise. The anticipation of her future role as Queen causes her to make an even stronger and more pronounced presence within the royal business affairs. Wendy conducts meetings, makes decisions, and demands respect – which I love. She’s a strong voice! Wendy is no longer the girl we met in Switched and her character development across this series has been awesome. (I love a strong female main character!) She is still surrounded by her lovable and fun-loving band of friends within the palace, and they all play a huge role in the ending of this series.
Finn has always been my pick for Wendy. While he was not quite as large a presence in Torn (not to mention his behavior wasn’t what I wanted), he is back with a large role in Ascend (thank goodness!). Loki is back as well, and I must say that I am a little bit shocked at how much he grew on me in this book. He plays a tremendous role and I think it will shock some people in more than one way! Tove is also present, acting as Wendy’s sidekick and most trusted advisor.
And yeah, King Oren is all over this book as well. Of course he is! It’s the end of the trilogy!
2. The Mythology. We’ve spent the entire first two books coming to know and understand the mythology of the Trylle. We’ve also come to learn much about The Vittra and how
awful evil powerful corrupt different they are from Trylle. Okay, it’s really just King Oren, but still – The Vittra are the bad guys in this tale. I tell you, troll mythology is awesome. Ascend pulls everything together from the first two books and wraps it up neatly in perfect packaging, with a nice bow.
3. The Power. Remember that power that Wendy, Tove, and the others have been working so hard to build up and perfect for the past two books? Picking up and moving things with their minds, controlling the wind, hearing thoughts…things like that? Well THIS BOOK is the where we see all that practice pay off. I predicted after reading Torn that we’d see Wendy’s powers play a big role in this book and BOY WAS I RIGHT. She is awesome.
4. The Romance. Oh boy. So you know from the summary that Wendy has fallen in love with more than one boy, right? And as luck would have it, both of these boys love her back. I have been firm and solid in my pick for Wendy since the beginning of Switched, friends, but I have to admit that I came close to being swayed. These guys are fantastic. I am one of the few bloggers that I know that loves a well-executed love triangle, and this is a great example. Amanda Hocking made my heart flip, flop, speed up, and skip beats as I agonized over Wendy making her decision! I have to admit, I was a little shocked at how things played out…but it was executed so well and I think everyone will be pleased.
When I finished Torn, I literally had NO IDEA where Hocking was going to take this series. There are a million things that I love about what she did with it. As sad as I was to be reading Ascend (because the series was ending), I was also thrilled and excited. I turned the pages fast. And ultimately, as I expected, this ending DID NOT DISAPPOINT ME. Ascend was full of action and magic and romance – and I just happen to love all of those things!
Y’all, I can’t impress enough upon you how much I want you to pick up this series and give it a try! It’s SO MUCH FUN. It’s well-written and the pacing is fantastic. The story is exciting and the characters – all of them – are developed well. And the world-building is great. I was so attached to these trolls, friends. I still am. I feel like I know Wendy and her friends – like they’re my friends too. The Trylle Trilogy has been so much fun. I’m so sad this series is over but I know for certain that I will be reading more of this author’s work.
**I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest opinion and review. I received no compensation for my thoughts. Thank you St. Martin’s Press!
|Switched, Torn, Ascend
by Amanda Hocking