Never Underestimate the Power of a Protective Witch.
"War of the Gods" has all the best strengths of a Katie Cross novel: distinct characters conveyed with emotional depth and understanding; a powerful central villain; great suspense; and nail-biting tension that propels you to read to the end. In "War of the Gods," we see Bianca grow into her full power, as she tries to let go of her self-doubt and fear. Those of you who have read the Network Series and the Network Saga will understand Bianca's fear of losing those whom she loves. It's truly extraordinary that in a world of fantasy (with witches, gods, and demi-gods), Katie manages to convey the true humanity of her characters. You'll find yourself laughing out loud at times; my favorite line was "It's time to call the dragons," the fantasy equivalent of sending in the cavalry. You'll also find yourself crying at times, as many characters deal with the pain of loss. We have love, warfare, and teeth-grinding suspense, as the novel moves us towards its end. Hang on. It's a great ride.
I did not review WOTG before reading Finales. I'm glad I didn't, as the combination of the two books--well, I feel as though they make one uber-book in combination. So much of WOTG came to life more intensely and clearly when reading Finales. The victory felt so much more satisfying in combination. Everybody: Read both books!!!
Get ready to have all your emotions taken on a wild ride. You will experience new depths in all the relationships that take place in Alkarra. Bianca discovers more about the power she carries and learning to let go and trust herself and the forest to handle what needs to be done to combat the gods. And as always Bianca handles the fight with determination and perseverance. It is an explosive ending to the saga. Katie just continues to surprise and delight us in every new book.
I thought this book was amazing! When we left off, Bianca and Alkarra were waiting for the war of the gods and the goddesses. Ventis and Tontes plague Alkarra with storms and wind, wiping out forests, drowning the Eastern Network, and overall making things pretty bleak. We explore more of Bianca's magic and her connection to Letum Wood. She is unwilling to fully engage the forest in the war, despite its willingness to fight. You will be on the edge of your seat as Bianca and her friends attempt to steal enough amulets to cripple Tontes and stop the war. It is definitely not an easy win, and sacrifices are made. There are a few really sad parts as well-finding out who was lost at the end of the final battle really hit me in the feels. Although Bianca emerges triumphant, her directions for the future are unclear. She's definitely going to consider pursuing her goals, but I didn't think it was as "final" of an ending as I would have liked. Maybe that means there is more in store from Bianca...
The gods are coming. Letum Wood is ready to fight for it's very life. Is Bianca ready for what that means? Is she finally ready to step into her purpose? She was always made for more.
Find you a comfy spot and settle in. You are not going to want to put this book down.