Series: Jane True #6
Release Date: May 28, 2013
Challenges: Finishing the Series | What An Animal
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Blurb from goodreads:
Anyan may be trapped in an evil dragon and Blondie may be gone, but Jane knows one thing: she's not about to give up. She's ready to tear down heaven and earth to save her lover, despite those who believe he's lost.
Luckily for Jane, those who've given up on Anyan do not include those closest to her. Defying The Powers That Be, Jane and Company form their own crack squad of misfits, in whose hands the fate of the world may well rest.
With a little help from her friends, the Universe, and lots of snacks, Jane embarks on her greatest adventure yet, confident that with great sacrifice comes great reward. The question is, who will be that sacrifice?
Oh, I wanted to read this and I didn't. Since it was the last book in the series, I held off because I pretend the series wasn't done if I didn't read but the preceding book ended on such a cliffhanger I had to know how things turned out. I expected that Peeler would manage some sort of happy ending, I really hoped she would, but I was afraid of what might happen on the way there.
Well, I got my happy ending but oy. Peeler went overboard, complete with a sappy, cutesy, unnecessary epilogue (I'm not a big fan of epilogues in general). Over the top, sappy, everyone's happy and in love and there are babies by the ton. Okay, that last is a mild exaggeration. I wanted an HEA, I got an HEA, but I wish Peeler had reined it in a bit. Actually, there was one fly in the ointment, the most realistic part of the HEA, but even that gets a sappy, and unrealistic, resolution.
I'm getting ahead of myself. The rest of the story was good, but not wonderful. There's death, grief, destruction, snarky humor, dancing, history, science, and love. Lots of love - romantic love, familial love, love of friends, love of county, etc. Bring on the love. :D Parts of the story, mostly having to with alchemy, found my eyes glazing over more than a few times. Peeler tried a little too hard to make it literary, but she was creative and it fit with the overall story line. We also get a LOT of philosophical and some theological discussion. It was a bit much at times and a bit heavier than normal for the series. There is lots of action also, and some hot lovin, so the pace varied from busy to slow back to busy back to slow and so on. It was an odd mix at times, and the pacing did suffer for it. Additionally, it felt at times as if the creature (see earlier books) made things too easy for Jane even when she was preparing Jane for bigger and more challenging things. I liked the creature though, her compassion, her generosity, and her wisdom.
It felt as if Peeler was trying for a grand ending and overreached, but I give her points for her ambition. The series had clearly been leading up to this and I love when a series makes sense and has a destination. I'm sorry to see the series end but there have been a few short stories written since this came out and now I can read them. "Tempest Reborn" does live up to its title as Jane is reborn in several ways. You do need to read the preceding books; this does NOT work as a stand-alone. While not a great ending to the series, it does tie up all the threads and give us a concrete resolution.