Never Underestimate the Power of a Protective Witch.
If you haven't read Miss Mable's School for Young Girls and learned about Bianca Monroe and her life do not pass go, go directly to Katie Cross's website and get started. While this is not the end of the stories about Bianca or the world of Alkarra it brings many stories to a crossroads of what will be next? Bianca has grown both in age, and magical ability. She realizes that she has more power than she thought possible. She stands up to the rebellious Gods who want to try to take Alkarra away from her and try to destroy HER forest. The companion novella "The Finales" should be read after and together tie the characters together. Bianca learns that HER forest is eager to be on its own and protect itself. You will find yourself crying for loss, laughing for others and in general reading until you ether finish the book or have to stop to catch your breath.
Bianca wakes up from the dead and finds her true magical destiny and power in this book. She is a mighty force to reckon with and always a step ahead of the demigods and Gods to protect the ones she love! This is an epic war that reminded me of ones from Tolkein's books and definitely will keep you up late at night to get to the end! You will not regret those sleepless nights.
"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.