First Sentence: The small crystal mirror was ancient.
How I Acquired the Book: Borrowed from my town's library. As usual.
The Spoiler-Free Review: Oh my goodness. Why? Why did it have to end? These were my thoughts as I finished The Enchantress, because I couldn't sort any other thoughts out. At first I thought: Oh my goodness, that was awesome. Epic. Amazing. And then a little while later: No. That was horrible. And if you repeat this cycle a few more times, you have a pretty good picture of what happened for about 4 days after I read the book.
I'm going to attempt to sort my thoughts now, in this review. First of all, if you have read all the books in the series, any negative reviews will probably not stop you from reading. And that's fine. Because even though I gave this book a mediocre rating, I don't regret reading it. Why? Well, all our favorite characters are back and as amazing as ever. Scathach, Shakespeare, Dee (he had a huge role in this book), Palamedes, Niten, and of course, the Flamels, are all here. This is great. In fact, it is one of the book's great strengths-its originality, and overall, the series is original as well. Of course, the action everyone loves is here as well, with more than ever.
And that's where the problem lies.
To put it simply, there was too much fighting. Way too much. I would even go so far as to say most of it was pointless, not really affecting the final result at all. This book could definitely have been shortened. And you know how immortals are portrayed as epic and *IMMORTAL* in the previous ones? Not here. In this finale, they just...die. It's just weird. They fall way too easily, and way too many of them fall.
There is one last thing that I would like to mention. The final revelation. The ending that no one could have seen coming. Yes, it's that type of ending. And it's amazing. But the more you think about it, the less enticing it gets. After a day, I began to think: 'Was...was that really the entire point of the entire series? Was that shocking truth supposed to fuel 6 500-paged books?' It is a good ending. Everything is tied up. But for me, my opinion on this book will always remain torn between the amazing ending it could have been, and the above average one it was.
-reviewed by a teenager. (I apologize for any teenagery and/or snarky comments in this review, if they have offended you. I understand they can be very annoying, just like teenagers themselves. In any case, thanks for dealing with them and thanks for reading this review.)