Forbidden romances. Dystopian worlds. Unimaginable creatures. Dark nightmares. Beautiful dreams. All within the Realms of an Open Mind.
End of Days is the explosive conclusion to Susan Ee’s bestselling Penryn & the End of Days trilogy.
After a daring escape from the angels, Penryn and Raffe are on the run. They’re both desperate to find a doctor who can reverse the twisted changes inflicted by the angels on Raffe and Penryn’s sister. As they set off in search of answers, a startling revelation about Raffe’s past unleashes dark forces that threaten them all.
When the angels release an apocalyptic nightmare onto humans, both sides are set on a path toward war. As unlikely alliances form and strategies shift, who will emerge victorious? Forced to pick sides in the fight for control of the earthly realm, Raffe and Penryn must choose: Their own kind, or each other?
With this series, Susan Ee has created a world that simultaneously scares the hell out of you and that you kinda want to see for yourself. It's terrifying yet fascinating, and it completely absorbs your every waking moment long after you turn the last page.
Penryn kicks ass. There's really no other way to put it. She's strong, snarky, loyal, and in spite of her fear, she does what needs to be done. And Raffe... Well, he experiences this beautiful and complicated struggle between what he's always known to be right and what he desires. Actually, if I think about it for a sec, Penryn does the same. Who doesn't love a mess like that?
I really can't keep myself from going on and on and on about the world building. It's pretty fantastic. Gruesome. A little disgusting at times. And most importantly, it feels real. Susan Ee doesn't sugar-coat it for us, and the brutality of it all just rounds out the apocalyptic nature of the world humans, angels, and demons have found themselves in.
That's not to say it's all cringe-worthy. There's triumph, love, humanity, and peace as well. Let's just say, this series has it all.
Now, I love this series. It's on my favorites list and will more than likely be a group of books I read a few times. BUT... I couldn't help but feel a little let down by the finale. Not that it wasn't awesome, but there just seemed to be something missing.
Maybe it wasn't drawn out enough? Maybe the end happened too quickly? Maybe I wanted more moments between Raffe and Penryn? Maybe I'm just depressed that the story ended? I can't quite put my finger on it, but I remember thinking, "that's it? it's done? seriously?"
That aside, I've read quite a few books surrounding the fallen angels theme, and this series is one of the best I've come across. I've tried others, hoping to touch on the same feelings I have for the characters and world that Susan Ee created, but none have come close as of yet.
I will be looking out for anything and everything that this author writes.