End of Days is the explosive conclusion to Susan Ee’s bestselling Penryn & the End of Days trilogy.
After a daring escape from the angels, Penryn and Raffe are on the run. They’re both desperate to find a doctor who can reverse the twisted changes inflicted by the angels on Raffe and Penryn’s sister. As they set off in search of answers, a startling revelation about Raffe’s past unleashes dark forces that threaten them all.
When the angels release an apocalyptic nightmare onto humans, both sides are set on a path toward war. As unlikely alliances form and strategies shift, who will emerge victorious? Forced to pick sides in the fight for control of the earthly realm, Raffe and Penryn must choose: Their own kind, or each other?
So after months from its release and forever of waiting, I have finally read Susan Ee’s End of Days, which sadly is the end of the Penryn and The End of Days series, and I must say I quite enjoyed it. I’ve read reviews that basically say the same thing, that it’s an incredible book, but seems to move fast and rushes forward to get to the end. Since the series was originally supposed to be five books, I can see why they say that. We had to cram three more books worth of plot into one.
Back to my poor memory, I can’t really remember what was going on in World After. I knew Raffe was trying to get his wings back and was stuck with a pair of demon wings. He had successfully captured Beliel who was in possession of his wings at the time. And now, his and Penryn’s mission is to find someone, really Doc, to sew the wings back on.
It’s the end of days as we know it. Uriel and his followers are gearing up to wipe mankind out. Penryn and her friends and other survivors are hopelessly outnumbered and it’s going to take some mad skills to defeat the heavenly bad guys. In order to do that, they will need Beliel’s help. Beliel doesn’t quite do a 360 in his turnaround, but it’s close. Who was once such a powerful enemy, he’s now a broken sort. One who has some odd connection going on with Paige still. And it’s with his help that Penryn and Raffe are able to get backup for Raffe with his upcoming battle with Uriel.
The pacing was pretty fast in this one it seems. There’s hardly ever a dull moment and I tend to like that. Sure a few downtime moments are nice, but I like the action moving from one place to another.
During all this chaos, we see Penryn and Raffe go through the whole, I love you and want to be with you kind of thing, but I can’t. Yeah. That. Raffe has his angelic ways and wants to avoid the whole dalliance with a Daughter of Man thing. But obviously, we’ve seen him struggle with that. And the struggle continues here. But then Penryn and Raffe separate, again, for a time in this one. I was hoping they wouldn’t be apart but there was a decent chunk of time they were separated, but obviously not for long!
Besides liking the characters, Penryn and Raffe, I am also a fan of Penryn’s mother, and the Tweedle Twins! Penryn’s mom is a special brand of crazy. One that’s funny and at times, downright genius! She may not be all there all the time, but she has her lucid moments. Especially when it comes to protecting her children! And as for Dee and Dum, what’s not to love about those two? They’re freaking geniuses and wisecracks at that! Most of my LOL moments came from them!
Now onto the ending, ah the ending. I liked the ending. I thought it was very good and settles things up rather well. But then there’s an epilogue. And sigh…just, sigh…and note that’s a weary sigh. It’s one that makes you want more from the series. More from the characters. I was pretty much kicking and screaming at that little ending, just because I felt like there was still more story to tell, and yet there’s not. It’s the end. And really, everything does get wrapped up. We see a conclusion we can all live with, but there was just something about this ending that nagged at me. It made me want to see a little more before the final closing. So really, it’s kind of 50/50 on that front. There’s good and bad to it all.
While I am sad to see this series go, and so soon, I must say that I truly enjoyed it! I thought it was one helluva read! The characters are amazing and just totally kickass! Who doesn’t love that in their heroines and heroes?! Everyone had a unique personality to them that made them light up the page! I will definitely be looking forward to more of Susan Ee’s works! Hopefully she has something coming to us sooner rather than later!
Penryn and The End of Days trilogy is amazing and exciting! It’s not one you’ll want to miss!
Overall Rating 4.5/5 stars