FINALLY!!!!!! I’m not fond of multiple exclamation points, but this story certainly deserves over-expression. I have finished the two other books in the series, The School for Good and Evil, and A World Without Princes, and I just couldn’t wait to get my hands on the third and last book.
The journey had been wild, confusing, magical, tear-jerking, and touching. It’s utterly beautiful! I don’t wanna give away too much info, but the characters are just so amazing!
We first meet her in Book One as a very competent witch, from the School for Evil. She’s always quick with her insults and never ashamed of her malevolent parentage (her mother is the witch with the candy house). She’s a proud Never.
But in Books 2 and 3, you will definitely love her more! Even if she is from the School where they teach people to destroy the forces of good, Hester is smart, witty, and surprisingly mature for her age. She knows that Good and Evil are a balance.
In fact, in Book 3, Agatha, our intrepid heroine from the School for Good, thinks that in the sea of gathered heroes, old and new, Hester might be the greatest hero of them all.
But Hester isn’t the only character worth loving and admiring. Lady Lesso, Dot, Agatha, Sophie, Tedros, and even Hort have such surprising moments that make this final book the best in the series (in terms of character development, I think).
The second book, for me, was where the characters were most confused. They had no idea what to do exactly. They were always oscillating between true love and best friend. Boy versus girl. Evil versus Good. Nature versus nurture. Destiny versus choice. I wanted to see them choose, and choose they did – in this book.
I also love how the book shows what relationships beyond the love-at-first-punch, true-love’s-kiss moments. Finally, we get to see Agatha and Tedros spending weeks together, and how do they treat each other? It’s not all roses and kisses, that’s for sure.
The last book shows us that love comes in different shapes and types. It doesn’t have to be romantic love. And how the meaning of “Good” and “Evil” can be so different from person to person.
So many questions have been answered, yet I felt like I wanted to see more of these characters. I wanted to see an epilogue. I wanted to see their lives ten years after, but I had to contend with how Chainani ended the story, with some mystery and an ever after our imaginations will have to supply.
But it was still satisfying, to see what their Ever After, their The End would finally look like. Sigh. I will miss them.