I actually finished this book a few days ago and I have been racking my brain thinking of what to say about it! This book, this series has left me speechless and wanting more. If only there was more! But as always, all good things must come to an end and I have to say that it has been quite a journey.
Like in other series of its kind, the Steampunk Chronicles ended with a fierce battle. However, there were several other battles that were won in this book besides the most obvious one with the Machinist.
First, Griffin had to face his battle with himself and his power with the Aether. That was not an easy battle to take on especially when you have trained yourself to control your power instead of accepting it and letting go. For Finley, she had to face her first assailant, Lord Felix August-Raynes as well as her father. It was nice to see her connection with the father she never really met. He was a wonderful and very helpful character. In regard to Lord Felix, he was his douche bag self but Finely was able to defeat him in the end. For Jack, he had to face his growing feelings for Mila and surprisingly his father. Jack believed that Mila deserved better than him and deserved a better life. But when Mila ran away, he had to deal with those feelings especially when his father intervened. His father was an entitled prick who liked to hurt girls. I think you can figure out what Jack did to him when his father tricked Mila into going to his house. In the end, this young man had the epiphany of a lifetime. Lastly, for Mila, she had to face reality. She had to face this whole new world alone when she ran away. However, she discovered a lot of the good things as well as the bad. It’s a good thing she picks up thinks pretty fast and is also quite strong or she might not have survived otherwise. I think it’s safe to say that by the end of it all, she had become a real girl. Oh and she’s the girl with the windup heart since she’s part machine.
I’ve only mentioned 4 characters. If you are wondering about Sam, Emily and Jasper, they are all fine. Jasper finally has a lady. We met her in book 2 and got to know her in Jasper’s novella. Yes, I’m talking about Wildcat. She did end up staying in London and is the newest addition to the gang. In this story, the pair actually helped Jack go out and look for Mila. It was nice to see the three of them working together. They were quite the team. For Emily, she is still her brilliant self. It was because of her that Finley went into the Aether and came out safely every time. There was no further explanation about her past but that’s okay because that’s who Emily is. She’s not one to dwell on the past. She would prefer to move forward, especially with Sam. For Sam, we’ve been seeing a softer side to him in the last few books. That side came out more so in this one especially when he helped Finley prepare for her trips into the Aether. This guy’s not only strong but he has a big heart.
There were a lot of surprises in this book and I have mentioned a few. I hope I did not spoil to much of it. I have left out a few because those were huge twists that I didn’t want to spill. This book definitely kept me on my toes and even though I was dragging my feet in regards to reading, I still couldn’t put it down.
All in all, this book was a good way to end the series. I do hope that one day there might be a continuation but that might only be a dream. The gang’s all safe and living peaceful lives now that the Machinist is gone. Oh and every character now has a significant someone. All’s well that ends well.
That’s all for this post. HAPPY READING!