Tellulah Darling writes YA & New Adult romantic comedy because her first kiss sucked and she's compensating.
Sassy girls. Swoony boys. What could go wrong?
This may have been my favourite book of the series. The Troy Game has been epic in scope, re-interpreting historical events through this mythological and magical lens. If you've read my reviews of the other three books, you'll know that I've had a lot of fun with the series. Although I found it quite soap opera-y.
I think that's why I liked this one the most. First off, it's set during WW2, which is close enough to my lifetime, that I've read and watched many stories set in that time period. I instinctively felt a deeper affinity with this book and enjoyed how events had been re-framed. But more than that, the characters didn't feel as arch and over-the-top as they had previously.
I've read a lot of reviews by disappointed fans feeling betrayed by the characters' inability to act for so much of the book. That's what I enjoyed. As we approached the climax, they couldn't fall back on the myriad of abilities they'd built up to easily solve the problem. The story had to become more of a character piece in the end because that way lay their redemption.
Was it without flaws? No, of course not. I didn't mind certain characters being phased out but I think Douglass missed an opportunity to do more with Weyland. He had become such a compelling force through the series, and in this book, he's simply either a non-entity or whiny. As well, I don't think Noah was brought to the most satisfying evolution of growth. She was the one character I felt remained firmly in soap opera territory.
All that said, I'm glad I waded through these weighty tomes because it was a super enjoyable series.