Friday, October 17, 2014

Book Review: Impossible by C.A. Gray

Published: October 15th, 2014
Publisher: Wanderlust Publishing
Read from September 21st to October 1st, 2014
IMPOSSIBLE is the final installment in the Piercing the Veil trilogy.
The Shadow Lord has the Philosopher’s Stone, and therefore an army of invincible penumbra. He also possesses the fragments of Excalibur, the legendary sword prophesied to be the instrument of either his own destruction, or that of the Child of the Prophecy. The sword, he knows, requires blood to be reforged… and he knows exactly whose blood he wants. 
Meanwhile, the Watchers are desperate to steal back the fragments of Excalibur and find out how to reforge them before the Shadow Lord does. Isdemus places Peter and Lily in Carlion’s sister cities for safe-keeping until the war begins. But Peter and Lily have an idea that might enable the Watchers to steal back the fragments, in spite of the Shadow Lord’s invincible army. Their plan requires them to travel halfway across the world, to an island largely believed to exist only in Greek mythology. Along the way, however, the Shadow Lord uses a pawn to convince Peter and Lily that they are powerless. Without their gifts of the Ancient Tongue, will either one of them stand a chance?
In this gripping conclusion of the Piercing the Veil trilogy, the Watchers and the Shadow Lord both amass their ranks, the battle begins, and the true identity of the Child of the Prophecy is revealed—to the shock of all.


I received a copy of Impossible in exchange for a review. I also took part in the release day blitz for Impossible two days ago, and I have reviewed the first two books in the series: Intangible and Invincible.

Impossible is the conclusion of a middle grade fantasy trilogy, and like many conclusions, it was definitely more fast paced than the last three books. The stakes felt far higher, and the story just felt all around more intense. I tend to love conclusions, so I love the feeling they give in comparison to earlier books in series. Impossible was no exception to that.

I've said before that the Piercing the Veil trilogy really reminds me of Harry Potter. There's the obvious reasons for that, such as there being a young male protagonist who discovers that magic exists. However, the Piercing the Veil trilogy is very different from Harry Potter. You may find similarities here and there, but it's a very different and unique story. Even so, there's just some sort of feel to it that automatically makes me think of Harry Potter, and considering I've spent more than half of my life in love with Harry Potter, that's a huge compliment coming from me. If you enjoy Harry Potter too than I highly recommend checking this series out.

The story is a really cool blend of Arthurian legend and magic, and this one even brought in Greek myths, which was surprising to me in a really great way. I really enjoyed how it was all brought together. I've never read anything with a similar sort of world, and that made it really unique and fun. I've thought that from the beginning, but it was even more apparent in this one. This last book really has the feel that I feel is rather common for middle grade fantasy series where things seem to get darker each book. That was very apparent in this final book. Without going into specifics in order to avoid spoilers, I'll just say that you definitely feel like the characters are in far more danger in this one than in the first two books. Or at least I did.

I also wasn't expecting the series to end the way it did, and I also mean that in a positive way. The story was never too predictable, and I didn't see everything coming. It managed to surprise me even without anything absolutely majorly shocking. I like those kinds of endings.

If you're a fan of middle grade or young adult fantasy, especially series like Harry Potter, then I highly recommend checking this series out. It's a lot of fun, and it has one of those worlds that you'll become enamored with. Now that I've read the whole series, I can say that I also love how the characters and story develop over time, and I think many other people would too.

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