In my reviews of book one and book two, I was pretty forthcoming with my disappointment – they were better than most, but fell far short of the greatness I knew was coming later in her career. Y’all were sweet and let me know that if I didn’t like these, I should really call the whole thing off, but for reasons that escape me I ploughed on through. And hey, I’m not totally sad I did.
Maybe it’s because I don’t remember the first two all that well, but I think this might have been my favorite. It was definitely way too long and in places too modern and almost colloquial (her narrators insert side comments in parenthesis – see what I did there) and I think tries to do too much. I feel very weird saying this because I love sprawling fantasy and world-building, but The Inheritance trilogy just gives the reader too much to keep track of. I reread my old reviews and yeah, I STILL don’t know what the difference between godlings and demons is, but I just marked in my mind that they were different and moved on.
The three books all exist in the same universe, but are nicely staggered chronologically – book two is about ten years after book one, and book three lets another hundred pass. In so many series, the author packs them in one right after the next, and I like that she lets her world evolve on its own in between. This one comes from the perspective of the child godling established in the first book and while the love triangle he’s embroiled in is fucking stupid, everything else was pretty all right.
Any way, it’s over, I’m done. On to the next one.