I have been awaiting the release of A.M. Manay’s final book in the November Snow series with equal parts excitement and dread. After She Lights Up the Dark ended with a (literal and figurative) bang, I have been dying to pick up where the story left off to see how November’s quest would end. Yet, at the same time, I didn’t feel quite ready to bid these characters farewell. Truth be told, I’m still not sure I am but I couldn’t have asked for a more fitting conclusion for our young heroine and her mismatched group of family and friends.
In She Marches with Fire, A.M. delivers the fast-paced action that has been a hallmark of the previous two novels in the trilogy. What really stood out to me with this story, however, was the character development. Whereas the first two books had a more plot-based feel for me, this installment of the story was much more character driven. I loved the opportunity to gain entirely new perspectives, on Luka in particular. The shifting dynamics between him and November were deftly handled and often resulted in some of the most poignant moments of the book.
Moments of closure for which I had really been hoping were present and accounted for and the epilogue was the perfect way to “end” this tale. A.M.’s writing is smart and the world she has created within her pages is both inventive and immersive. I’ve said it previously, but it bears repeating that even if paranormal reads aren’t in your wheelhouse, this series is well worth the risk of venturing into unfamiliar territory. À la prochaine, November!
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