Need Series #4
Release Date: May 8, 2012
Genre: YA, Paranormal, Romance
Source: Purchased Hardcover copy
Rating: 4.5 Bookworms
Zara is at the center of an impending apocalypse. True, she's successfully rescued Nick from Valhalla, but it simply isn't enough. Evil pixies are ravaging Bedford, and they need much more than one great warrior; they need an army. Zara isn't sure what her role is anymore. She's not just fighting for her friends; she's also a pixie queen. And to align her team of pixies with the humans she loves will be one of her greatest battles yet. Especially since she can't even reconcile her growing feelings for her pixie king...
Unexpected turns, surprising revelations, and one utterly satisfying romantic finale make Endure a thrilling end to this series of bestsellers.
I had waited quite awhile for this final installment to release but it was released in May of 2012 and I was moving at that time. I grabbed it on release day - but it's been sitting on my shelf, gathering dust, ever since. I'm so glad I finally read it because it was a very satisfying end.
All the events - all the pixie attacks, all the deaths - the small town of Bedford, Maine, has been experiencing have been leading up to this. Zara and her gang must figure out what the prophecy means and Zara's role in it. Zara has endured a lot in recent months - love, loss, transforming into a pixie - and she'll have to endure more before it's all over.
Zara is so courageous, selfless, and compassionate. She's always been a girl who'd rather fight for good with her words - but in the fight against evil pixies, she has to pick up a knife and/or sword.
Zara's friends, Devyn, Issie, Cassidy, and of course, Nick and Astley, have her back. Jones devised a great ensemble cast and I love them all. Nick continued in his behavior that was maddening to me for most of the book. He did eventually redeem himself in my eyes. Astley always puts Zara first, and that endeared him to me. (Yes, there is a love triangle in this series and I was firmly on Team Astley)
Endure is really action-packed. Between trips to Iceland, training an army, and the actual 'big' battle, Jones created a lot of tension and adrenaline-pumping suspense. I'd forgotten that Norse mythology was such an important element in the series. I like how Jones wove together Loki, Hel, and Valhalla with the fae and shape-shifters.
Endure was an exciting and very satisfying end to a series that I greatly enjoyed. Jones constructed a unique story with well-developed characters. And her writing evoked vivid images as well as powerful emotions. I'm happy that I have more of her books already awaiting me on my shelves.