Ascend (Trylle Trilogy #3)
Author: Amanda Hocking
Review By: Courtney
Published By: St. Martin's Griffin
Date: April 24th 2012
Genre: YA / Epic Fantasy
Pages: 326 pages
Wendy Everly is facing an impossiable choice. The only way to save the Trylle from their deadliest enemy is by sacrificing herself. If she doesn't surrender to the Vittra, her people will be thrust into a brutal war against an unbeatable foe. But how can Wendy leave all her friends behind...even if it's the only way to save them?
The stakes have never been higher, because her kingdom isn't the only thing she stands to lose. After falling for both Finn and Loki, she's about to make the ultimate choice...who to love forever. One guy has finally proven to be the love of her life-and now all their lives might come to an end.
Everything has been leading to this moment. The future of her entire world rests in her hands-if shes ready to fight for it.
So this is probably my favorite book in the Trylle Trilogy. I am a person who gets obsessed with the trilogy and will rush out the day it comes out and buy it, that is exactly what I did for this book I would go to Walmart everyday just thinking about this book and when it would be on the shelves, I am a nerd and only think about the books, it annoys my husband :) it makes me really sad to see it this trilogy come to a end.
In the start of the book Wendy is turning 18 and about to get married to Tove (even though they both have no attraction for each other, they know the kingdom will respect them and listen to them instead of rebelling). Right before her birthday, her friends are throwing her a small party with Rhys (her changeling brother) and before the party there's this huge boom on the door. Guess who......Loki shows up beaten to hell and back and asks for amnesty.
I did like Fin in the beginning but as this series has gone on I really began to dislike him. In this book Fin and Wendy's relationship changes for the best. During the wedding Wendy's father shows up (Oren) and causes some small trouble and she kicks him out, I think this is where everyone starts to see that shes turning into a princess, since everyone before doubted her. The relationship between Wendy and her mom develops but not with enough time. I really enjoyed that part in the book since in the first two books we sorta have this underlying hatred for her but we get to learn why she is that way. There's also this unspoken competition between Loki and Fin in this book :)
Fin soon comes with bad news, a village not far from them is attacked by the Vittra. So Wendy kicks into leader mode, plans a meeting & sends a rescue squad to help them and they get ambushed. So she comes up with a stupid yet brilliant plan to go to the king herself. Will the king agree to the truce? Then the next day she goes out to help the village that got attacked, the group use their powers together, by the end of the day Tove has gone crazy from using to much of his power in one day so of course Loki comes into the room an saves her by using his power on Tove. Since shes so shaken from what just happened Loki try's to comfort her. Does he finally get his way into her heart, or will she turn him away again??
When they come back to the kingdom they that something major has happened. As shes talking to Tove about their decision, since Loki was eavesdropping he storms in in the middle of their conversation so mad at her and screaming. Wendy and Loki argue and come to a decision. Then Tove drops a bomb shell on Wendy something we learn about Tove and something Tove knows about Wendy and Loki's relationship.A lot of this book deals a lot with character building and finalizing who they are and whom they love.
Wendy's mom does pass and she is left with only two days to figure out how to kill Oren. While Wendy's figuring all that out she also has to decide on her future relationships between Tove, Fin, and Loki. Fin walks in on Wendy and Loki and goes into a jealous rage. This is the part of the book Wendy completely becomes the queen she is. She makes up her mind and decides her future. There is this great fight scene in the end. Some people we really like get hurt and its a both sad and proud moment in the conclusion of this trilogy.
I give this story 5 out of 5 stars. My favorite book in this trilogy and a great way to end it all. Amanda really knows how to keep you reading. I recommend that if you haven't read this trilogy from the beginning that you should. and to buy the paperback editions because each one has a bonus story. The last books bonus story is the best one I have read yet. Its like putting the finishing touches on a cake boss cake (haha tv to much??) with a little extra on the top :) I hope you all enjoy it as much as I have!!