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What a cliffhanger!! I can't wait to read the final book!
I generally go for cute lighthearted middle-grade reads. This one can be cute at times but I would describe it as dark, atmospheric and absolutely addicting.
I first picked up this series in the audiobook version. Fiona Hardingham is one of my top three favorite narrators hence I couldn't resist. I listened to the first book and started off listening to this book, but stopped a few chapters in as I really wanted to savor it first hand. I'm really glad I did.
There's one theme that I both love and kind of, if ever so slightly, resent. That is the fact that Harmless is an absentee father--BUT he is a warrior. He is loyal, hard working, determined, and dependable when needed. I see him as taking on the role of a true soldier; one who's calling is to defend country first and then family. Which makes sense as he is the high chieftain of The Luck Uglies. I resent this role as it's hard to read about a family going without a father figure, but the truth of the matter is, it happens. It is part of our society, and it is often presented through a dark lens. It isn't the ideal situation for a family, but it accentuates the importance of solidarity, hope and the role of a strong maternal figure--which Abby O'Chanter so gracefully embodies.
Paul Durham has done such a wonderful job with this series. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a middle-grade adventure with a bit of a bite and a lot of heart.
My husband and I are going on our third of this series. We were completing a trip across the USA came across this series and we are obsessed!
wow what an author!!