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Diana and I have completed The Night Angel Trilogy! It was such an epic adventure. Thank you for following us along our buddy read as we completed this great trilogy. We hope you check out these books if you haven’t already because they are definitely worth it. Our giveaway winners  are announced at the bottom of this post as well. 🙂

**The following may contain spoilers for The Way of ShadowsShadow’s Edge, and Beyond the Shadows

 

Did anything surprise you in this section?

{Diana} Honestly? I thought more people would die. Weeks has this habit of toying with your emotions in the most brutal way possible, so I thought that there would be bucket loads of carnage (now there’s a visual for ya), but there wasn’t nearly as much as I expected.

And it may be just me, but I was surprised at how rushed the ending felt. Don’t get me wrong, it was pretty satisfying, but I kind of felt like it was all, “Here’s what happens after the final battle. I hope you enjoyed flying Night Angel Air. You can collect your baggage a luggage claim 3.”

Also, there were a few things that I would have liked to have seen the resolution of first hand. This may be a spoiler, but I kinda felt like the ending was left slightly open. There’s still so much potential storyline left over that I would have loved to have explored. Maybe I’m just greedy.

{Heather} I completely agree with Diana. I’m actually really surprised that more people didn’t die. I was waiting for most of the cast to be killed off and being stuck with Elene for the rest of the book. Speaking of Elene, I was really surprised with her role in the end of this book. It still doesn’t change how I feel about her.

The ending definitely felt rushed. I was surprised how much was crammed into the end to finish the trilogy. It could have almost been another whole book to sum up everything that happened. Then, maybe, we could have had more resolutions. I wanted more of the plots summed up, but I’ve heard that Brent Weeks will be venturing back to this world, so maybe we will get to see how all the characters ended up.

 

Who was your favorite character in this section?

{Diana} For me, it’s a toss-up between Kylar and Dorian. Kylar did some pretty amazing things in the final battle, but I think Dorian made the biggest sacrifices for the greater good. He totally redeemed himself to me from his actions in the last section.

{Heather} I would have to say Logan. He grew so much as a character in this trilogy, and I really like how he was in the end. He was such a great king and an even better husband. I really enjoyed that he conquered his past and made himself a better person because of it all. King Gyre all the way!

 

Who was your least favorite character?

{Diana} Definitely Neph Dada. What he did with Khali could have been catastrophic for sure. I don’t understand how he ever thought that was a good idea.

{Heather} (Spoilers) Elene again. This girl just can’t get a break from me. I’m just constantly hating on her, but I can’t stand her. I especially hate how she fit into everything at the end. It just felt odd since she didn’t seem all that special to me. I’m just glad I got my wish. 😉

 

What was your favorite quote or passage?

{Diana} I don’t know what it is about this quote, but it kind of gives me the warm-fuzzies. I don’t think it’s a spoiler but, just in case, you’ve been warned.

” Kylar saw that Curoch wasn’t a simple tool of magic. It wasn’t an amplifier of Talent. Curouch amplified the whole man.

Elene’s beacon of hope, Durzo’s titanic determination, Dorian’s penitence and astounding focus, Ariel’s intelligence, Logan’s courage, Vi’s longing for a new beginning, Kylar’s love of justice, the bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood, sacrifice, hatred of evil, feelings martial and impulses nurturing. Through it all, the glue that made the magic was love, and love sounded each instrument from its top to its bottom notes—and each man and each woman performed beautifully, heroically, some capable of only a few notes, some with huge range but little depth, and some of them true masters, but each giving all.”

{Heather} I definitely like the quote Diana chose. It was perfect for the ending of this trilogy. For me, I had two quotes for this round. The first is between Kylar and the Wolf. It will be a bit of a spoiler.

Kylar took a breath, looking over the city in all its splendor and remembering what it had looked like not so long ago. “We live on a great battlefield, and you and I fight behind enemy lines,” he said. “Like it or not, my lupine friend, you are one of the lights that helps me believe.”

[The Wolf] hmmed. “I will consider what you’ve said. The creature stirs. The day’s battle begins.”

“May the light shine on you, my friend,” Kylar said.

I just love how this relationship changed over the course of this trilogy. It was interesting to see who the Wolf really was.

This second quote is from Logan, and I just think it’s so sweet. I ended up squealing because of it. Logan is such a sweetheart and a great king.

“I’ve always wanted to be a dad,” Logan said.

 


Giveaway Winners

The giveaways have officially ended! Thank you to everyone who entered and participated. Diana and I are happy to announce the winners.

The winner for The Night Angel Trilogy paperback boxed set is . . .  Stephanie M.

The winner for The Night Angel Trilogy ebooks is . . .  Michelle M.

Congratulations to both of you!

We have already sent the winners an e-mail, and they will have 48 hours to reply to claim their prizes. If neither one replies, we will pick another winner. We’ll pick someone every two days until the prizes are claimed.

We enjoyed this buddy read and hosting these giveaways. Thanks again everybody!

The end of Beyond the Shadows is coming up next week and everything will finally come together. It’s all so nerve-racking!

*As a reminder, we’re both doing giveaways for this trilogy. If you haven’t entered already, you can do so on our introduction post.

**The following may contain spoilers for The Way of Shadows and Shadow’s Edge.

 

Did anything surprise you in this section?

{Diana} Actually, there were several things, but TWO things flat out shocked me. First, there’s The Wheel. Not only could I not believe how incredibly, horrifyingly brutal it was, but I absolutely could not believe who was using it on whom (or is it whom was using it on who??? Whatever.)!!!! And then there was the truth behind Kylar’s immortality. Jaw, meet Floor. For real.

{Heather} I was pretty surprised by one scene with Dorian. I honestly did not see him ever doing something like that to keep himself and Jenine safe and to keep everyone thinking he was the rightful Godking. I wish Grakaat Kruhn wouldn’t have challenged Dorian like that then Dorian wouldn’t have had to do what he did.

 

Who was your favorite character in this section?

{Diana} In a surprising turn of events, I’m going to go with Vi. That girl has shown some serious growth in this book! That thing that she did for Kylar and Elene should definitely qualify her for sainthood.

{Heather} I’ll definitely agree with Diana about Vi growing in this book. She is becoming one of my favorite characters overall, but for this round I’ll have to say Logan is my favorite character because he is so sassy as king. I love how he just takes charge, and I’m hoping everything works out for him.

 

Who was your least favorite character?

{Diana} For lack of a better response, I’m going to say the Wolf. I still don’t entirely know what he’s up to and therefore don’t trust him as far as I could throw him into Ezra’s Wood.

{Heather} Elene all the way! I cannot stand this girl, and I’m mad that Kylar still wants to be with her even with the whole Vi thing. I’m rooting for Kylar and Vi to get together and for Elene to just disappear. Shoo, Elene!

 

What was your favorite quote or passage?

{Diana} My favorite quote this week comes from Heather’s favorite wetboy 🙂

“There’s no guarantee that justice will win out or that a noble sacrifice will make any difference. But when it does, there’s something that still swells my chest. There’s magic in that. Deep magic. It tells me that’s the way things are supposed to be.”

{Heather} Yes! My favorite wetboy! My favorite quote is from Logan when he is explaining to Lantano Garuwashi why he makes certain decisions.

“I knew this kid, small kid, nothing to look at. Someone picked on him once, and he flew at the guy like he’d lost his mind.”

“Did the little kid win?”

“He got destroyed. But no one picked on that little kid again, because he approached every harassment as if his life depended on winning. There were no rules in a fight with him. He didn’t care how badly he got hurt. He would win. I was always bigger and stronger than other kids, but I would fight fair and stop when someone conceded victory. I had to fight a lot more than he did.”

I just love this metaphor because it makes a lot of sense why Logan is responding to others a certain way. He tries to prove he will not be stepped on and pushed aside. I also really love how the conversation continues because you get to see that while Logan is a great king, he is still new to everything and worries if he is making the right decisions for his people. He is just all around awesome.

 

What do you think will happen next?

{Diana} Sooooo, I kinda already finished reading the book and I may have forgotten to make a note of what my prediction was when I got to the end of this section. I’m just going to leave this one up to Heather 😉

{Heather} Ahh, I need to know what happens next. This is driving me crazy. I’m really hoping that Elene dies, even though that is terrible to say, but boo on her. She needs to go away. Kylar needs to figure his life out, and I want Vi to find happiness. I’m hoping Dorian can rule the Khalidorians effectively without compromising who he is. There are just too many things I want to find out! I’m so nervous about the ending!

Beyond the Shadows is getting better and more chaotic as the story progresses. What will happen next?!

*As a reminder, we’re both doing giveaways for this trilogy. If you haven’t entered already, you can do so on our introduction post.

**The following may contain spoilers for The Way of Shadows and Shadow’s Edge.

 

Did anything surprise you in this section?

{Diana} There were quite a few revelations surrounding Dorian in this section, but the thing that surprised (and dare I say terrified) me the most was The Strangers. Can you say creepy? And horrible. And, I’ll say it again, terrifying. The implications of what could be done with them is. . .is. . .I don’t even want to think about it.

{Heather} The Strangers are completely creepy. I was not expecting creatures like them to be in this world, but they add a whole new level to everything. If they were ever used, the results could be disastrous for everybody. They are just too awful to use.

 

Who was your favorite character in this section?

{Diana} Kylar, Kylar, and Kylar. I LOVE Kylar. He did something that made me very, VERY happy. If you’ve been following along you can probably guess what he did, but if not I’m not going to spoil it for you 😉

{Heather} Yes to Kylar! He was amazing! I was so happy with him. It’s funny because this is the first time Diana and I have said that Kylar was our favorite character. He’s developed a lot and becoming a really interesting character.

 

Who was your least favorite character?

{Diana} If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: Terah Graesin. Seriously, she’s so incredibly despicable. GAH! I HATE HER.

{Heather} Terah Graesin is a horrible brat. She gets upset when something doesn’t go her way, and she is a terrible ruler. She needs to move over so Logan can be king!

 

What was your favorite quote or passage?

{Diana} My favorite quote this week is short and to the point. I love it because I feel like it applies to SO MANY situations in this story. Like, once you’ve hit rock-bottom, there’s nowhere to go but up.

“Cenaria had been burnt to the ground, and something good was trying to grow from the ashes.”

{Heather} My quote involves Kylar and Logan talking about Kylar wanting to do a certain wetboy assignment.

“Can you love an idea more than you love a man and not become a monster? How many friends will you sacrifice on the altar of Justice, Logan?”

“If you force my hand, at least one.”

I feel like this conversation between the two really shows the different perspectives and morals each of them have. They both believe strongly in what they feel and might even sacrifice friends for their beliefs.

 

What do you think will happen next?

{Diana} Complete and utter chaos? Really, your guess is as good as mine. There are so many cogs spinning in the wheel that is the plot of this book and I have no idea where any of them are going. It’s kind of unsettling.

{Heather} It’s getting so intense that I don’t even know where to begin. I’m nervous about where the end of this trilogy is going, but I want to know how everything wraps up. I just hope it does it in a way that doesn’t crush me.

Diana and I have started our Beyond the Shadows buddy read this month! There is a lot of excitement built up for the finale of this trilogy, and neither of us can wait to find out how it all ends.

*As a reminder, we’re both doing giveaways for this trilogy. If you haven’t entered already, you can do so on our introduction post.

**The following may contain spoilers for The Way of Shadows and Shadow’s Edge.

 

Did anything surprise you in this section?

{Diana} Honestly, I feel like things are pretty mild right now, but I was surprised by what Dorian did to save Jenine. One might almost call it a sacrifice, and I’m excited/scared to see what happens with him because of it.

{Heather} I have to say finding out who Dehvi is really surprised me. For some reason, I just wasn’t expecting that character to show up so soon, but I’m glad he did. I can’t wait for Kylar to meet Dehvi. I think that scene will be quite awesome.

 

Who was your favorite character in this section?

{Diana} I am totally loving Dorian right now. I mean, I’ve always liked his character, but we’re getting to see A LOT more of him and he’s pretty awesome. Plus, the scenes between him and Jenine are just too cute for words 🙂

{Heather} I really enjoyed Dehvi. I mean you find out who he really is, and I’m just so excited. I actually squealed when it was revealed. So awesome!  I can’t wait to see more of him. At least, I hope there is more of him!

 

Who was your least favorite character?

{Diana} Terah. Graesin. Why has nobody killed her yet?!

{Heather} Yes, to everything Diana said. Terah is awful, and she needs to be eliminated soon! Her brother should go too. They can die together.

 

What was your favorite quote or passage?

{Diana} Speaking of Dorian and Jenine, this little scene between them made me laugh 🙂 *Possible Spoiler* *Explicit Language*

“You really are a wytch, aren’t you?”
“Not now. That magic is evil. I left it long ago and trained with the magi.”
“Could you use your magic to bring me warm food?” Her eyes sparkled with mischief and as they laughed together, he fell in love with her all over again.
“If I could manage a disguise that convinced Yorbas Zurgah I’m a eunuch, I think I can warm your food. Here.” And he warmed her gruel right then, hoping his I-do-have-a-penis was subtle enough.
She cocked an eyebrow at him. “Here I was thinking that if I’d been in an enchanted sleep and my prince needed to awaken me I’d have been out of luck.”
“Uh, in the books I’ve read, he wakes her with a kiss,” Dorian said.
“You’ve been reading the wrong books.”
Dorian coughed and blushed, and Jenine giggled wickedly.

{Heather} *My quote has possible spoilers as well*  This is a conversation between Dehvi and Vi:

Dehvi looked at her strangely, weighing her. “Have you ever felt that you were part of a grand design, Vi? That some benevolence was shaping your fate?”

“No,” Vi said.

Dehvi laughed. “Me neither. Goodbye, Vi. Watch out for that husband of yours; he’ll change you.” Then he left.

Once you find out who Dehvi is, it’s makes this scene even better. He’s awesome, and I love that he met up with Vi. It’s just really cool to see them in the same scene together. I hope there’s more!

 

What do you think will happen next?

{Diana} Somebody’s gonna die. Or maybe even lots of somebodies. I mean, it’s been 170 pages and the carnage has been uncharacteristically low. I feel like the other shoe is about to drop and when it does, I hope Terah Graesin is the first to go.

{Heather} I really want something to happen to Terah too, but I’m sure we’ll have to wait a while before anything horrible happens to her. Hopefully, it does because I can’t stand if she wins and doesn’t get what’s coming to her.