The Heavenly defences struggle to hold against the combined might of the Eastern and Western demon hordes. The God of War Xuan Wu is now at full strength - but is his might enough to safeguard the realm when half the Heavens are already in their hands? John and Emma fight a last-ditch desperate struggle to conserve their kingdom and their protect their families.
But will the kingdom ever be the same again?
The final book in a saga is a bitter-sweet thing. It's a joy to see the conclusion of the story, how it wraps up all the loose ends a give closure to the characters... but it's also sad to see the end of a world you have come to love. Thus comes the end of my adventures in the world Kylie Chan has built for us.
Most unusual for me, about half way through this book I found I had to go back and skim through the previous two books - (titles) - to reacquaint myself with some of the goings-on because the plot was starting to get confusing. I strongly recommend that before you start this book, you reread the first two in this trilogy so that it's all fresh in your head, otherwise you may become seriously lost by some of the rapid twists.
Even with that though, there were parts that had me wondering if a chapter or three had fallen out during printing or something because they just made no sense, or they felt incomplete. Eventually most of the odd bits were explained, but the last section felt a little 'patched up after the fact' to me. It didn't remove my enjoyment at all, it only diminished it a tiny smidge. One little caveat - the honeymoon scene is quite explicit, not suited for those with a "vanilla" taste in honeymoon happenings.
Overall, this was a very clean wrap-up to the saga - nine novels and some short stories - yet there's still room for more should Kylie ever fell the urge to revisit Wudang. I hope she does... I'm keeping a bag packed just in case.
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