Title: End of Days
Author: Susan Ee
Published: May 12th, 2015 by Skyscape
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?
The Review (may contain minor spoilers from the previous books):
It’s always sad for me to see a series I like come to an end, and Penryn and the End of Days is no different. This series took me on one hell of a ride on an emotional roller coaster and I enjoyed every minute of it.
I’m not going to summarise the story for you because you probably already read it at the top, so I’m just going to skip to what I think about this book. I’m going to start with the things I didn’t really like about it so we can end this review on a high note.
First of all, I think that the romance aspect of this series is really played up in End of Days compared to the first two, which threw me off a little bit because it’s not what I’ve come to associate with Susan Ee’s series. It didn’t bother me, of course. In fact, I really do ship Raffe and Penryn as the ultimate star-crossed lovers, but it gives a different ‘feel’ from Angelfall and World After.
With a series like this one, you can certainly expect character deaths but one in particular really bothered me in End of Days. Of course, I won’t mention who it is because nobody wants spoilers, but I feel that this character has so much more to offer and their death really came out of nowhere. I knew it was a possibility, but I think that this person could bring so much more to the story. I feel offended that this person is killed off.
Another issue I have with this series is Paige. I feel like Penryn’s sister is just a means to an end. She is the person/thing/device that moves the plot along, and I appreciate that. From her kidnapping to the experiments done on her, she is the one that makes Penryn move. She is the goal, the reason why Penryn keeps going. But it’s not really because of her as a character. Sure, she’s described as the peace-loving vegetarian who hates violence and has a pure heart, but really, other than that I don’t really feel like she’s a fleshed out character like some of the others. And plus, after she’s done doing her part (like the getting kidnapped, etc), she’s pretty much absent until something else needs to happen.
As for the ending, I kind of knew that it was going to end a certain way, but I was a little disappointed that it did. I wanted it to end differently. But I’m not going to get into that because I don’t want to spoil the book for anyone.
Okay, now on to the good parts!
End of Days, just like the rest of the series, is action packed from start to finish. There is never a dull moment, and the monsters are scarier than ever. This book brings plenty of new characters, monsters, and places and it will keep you on the edge of your seat. I really had a hard time trying to stop reading.
Penryn and Raffe made a great team, as usual, only this time they have more people on their side. Finally! I think that their banter is not as witty or full of sarcasm as the first book, but that might be because the stakes are higher now and everyone is just to stressed to feel lighthearted. Having said that, I still like the way they interacted with each other. I still think Penryn is one of the most badass heroines I’ve read about and I love that under all that sass, she’s still vulnerable and relatable. She’s not reckless and she knows when it’s time to back down, which I appreciate.
I also have a soft spot for the Tweedle Twins and Penryn’s mom, who are all pretty awesome in this book.
Speaking of secondary characters, I actually didn’t think that Beliel would make it to the last book, but I’m glad he did. Beliel’s backstory is revealed in End of Days and I thought it was well done. It actually made me feel sorry for his character and even though his history doesn’t excuse all the things he’s done, I know that he thinks his actions are justified. By the end of the book, I really don’t hate him 🙂
I know this series is supposed to be 5 books long, but I’m glad it ended here. Not because I don’t like it, but because I think it’s great the way it is. I think this series had a nice pace, it never felt rushed and it never felt so slow that it became boring. I think that if it had been 5 books long, it would have a lot of fillers that would make it too wordy just so it can be stretched to fill all five books.
I actually struggled with either giving this book 3 or 4 stars, but towards the end, End of Days had a few moments that really tugged at my heartstrings. I love it when people come together not because they have to, but because they want to. I really believe that people are capable of that and I just think that it was really well done. So that tipped the scales toward 4 stars!
In the end, I’m really sad that this series is over. The second and third book didn’t really top Angelfall in my opinion, but the series as a whole is definitely taking a spot on my ‘favorite series’ shelf. I really enjoyed the story, I think it’s a great take on angels, especially since it was ‘the next big thing’ back then, and the characters made me fall in love with the series even more. I can definitely see myself revisiting Penryn and the End of Days in the future.
“Our burning civilization is ironically beautiful”
-Susan Ee, End of Days