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Necessity, the computer goddess, is broken. Shara, a former webgoblin, is basically plugged in and holding Necessity together for now. Lately, evidence shows there to be a code war happening within Necessity's mind. At least two other entities, besides Shara, are hacking and rewriting. Necessity will soon need to hand over her role as the Fate of the Gods. There are four candidates: Zeus, Hades, the Fates, and Eris. None of the four are good choices for the continued survival of team Raven.
Ravirn's former girlfriend and programmer specialist, Cerice, is no longer human. With the absence of Tisiphone, Necessity needed another Fury. Cerice is now living ice. Shara deputizes Ravirn and grants him a tiny part of a Fury's blood (Cerice's) so he may access any part of Necessity he may need. The entire multiverse is resting on Ravirn's divine hacking skills and god-level magic that he still does not fully understand or know how to use. This WebMage, who is something like the ultimate biological malware, has become the fulcrum on which the future pivots. Ravirn is not positive of how he will accomplish this massive task. One thing is for sure. It is going to take some serious malice aforethought.
***** FIVE STARS! Ravirn and his webgoblin familiar, Melchior, return for the fifth novel in the WebMage series. This may very well be the final book. The author can either stop it here or continue in the Norse MythOS. From the first sentence to the last, this story is non-stop. All the major Greek gods and goddess have come out to play and the members of team Raven barely have the time to bandage their wounds from the last fight, much less recover, before the next fight begins.
Author Kelly McCullough seems to get better with every story he publishes. Though his knowledge of mythology is extensive, the author writes in such a way that all readers will easily understand. Though the plot is intense and the story flows at a fast pace, it never feels overwhelming. The writing style comes across as both simple and elegant. And even though Ravirn has the title in this series, McCullough is the true demigod of Web Magic. Brilliant! *****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
This series is a great light read. In a multiverse/universe with a connection between magic and computers, this series is tailor made for geeks who like to read fantasy (isn't that a completely overlapping set?). There are some curiously weird (minor) technology inconsistencies which initially made me think that McCullough wasn't that familiar with technology but then in the later books he made it all tie together nicely.
It didn't take me long to rip through all the books. They're entertaining and certainly encouraged me to sit and read a bit longer than I normally would. They're not particular dense, so it's a good easy read. Ravirn and all the other characters and well developed (and I can certainly appreciate the difficulty in developing a character that essentially consists of being an amputated hand a la Thing from the Addams Family).
The entire series wraps up neatly at the end of the last book, but be aware that the story arc starts with the first book and ends with the last book. The books are not self-encapsulated, so don't try to start half way through or try to pick up a book at random.
All the ingredients in McCullough's series so far are here in this final volume: mixtures of magic and hacking, witty exchanges with a variety of mythological characters, a likeable hero with a stalwart sidekick - even if he is a short, purple goblin, desperate straits, cunning plans, hairsbreadth escapes, and triumphs against the odds. If you've liked the other instalments of Ravirn's adventures, there's no doubt that this will hit the spot, and you'll enjoy the return of some old-favourites: Dave, Mort and Bob, the three heads of Cerberus, and Eris, goddess of Discord, not least among them.
It's always sad for a fan when an author decides to bring a series to an end, and there's a tendency to rail against it and want the characters' adventures to just continue, but there's a good deal to be said for calling it a day while everything is still fresh and novel. Thus, while I can't help but wish that Mr McCullough might take Ravirn to visit the Hindu mythos, or the Buddhist one, say, I have to admit that now he's saved his universe, there's not much more for him to do, and so I wish him well in his retirement, and look forward to seeing if Mr McCullough's next work can match the level of this one.
The series has an interesting theme regarding free will running throughout it, which became a lot more obvious here, with multiple characters trying to act against their intrinsic nature, but being forced to do things they don't want to do. It's an interesting thing to contemplate - that the Greek gods often are less free than their subjects - but it came off a bit heavy handed in this book, though it did provide sufficient motivation for the excellent climax.
Overall, a very satisfying "conclusion" to an interesting series.
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