Thank you to Jenetta Penner for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not change my opinion in anyway.
Book: Poison & Lies (Spellcaster Academy Ep 8) by Jenetta Penner
Release Date: March 31st 2020
Tags: Fantasy / Young Adult / Magical Academy / Magical War / Sacrifice / Friendship
Other books in this series I reviewed
Magical Realism/ The Dark Curse / Fire & Lightning/ Shadow Pack / The Dying Realm / Lost & Found
/ A Nessecary Sacrifice
The ending is nearing. Josy forced the Darkness hand by taking away its prisoners. Who is the spy among them? Can they cure the curse? And does Josy have to make the sacrifice as her prophecy told her just now when she’s found out who she is?
Episode 8 of the Spellcaster Academy is the next and final part of the series of novella’s and in its turn is a good 40 pages longer than its predecessors. That had to happen as I feel this novella is shoving two separate ideas for novella parts into one to wrap this up as a whole.
Overall I think this is a solid ending to the series, in the same vein as the other installments. There aren’t any big surprises here but it wraps up the story in a way that does feel satisfactionary. And while some of it does feel a little too wrapped up in a pretty bow, other parts are realistic. Like the continued tension between the different races. That is not something that can be so easily fixed in a few weeks, regardless of what Josy would like. That takes generations.
Oh Nice really started showing his feelings in these last installments and I really wish we had gotten to know more about him. And that is not all. There is certainly plenty of room to fill out the world building and get answers to some of our questions like Josy’s time before she came to the academy. A lot that is glossed over.
Another part is the casualties. As much as this ending does have some, having a war this big and not hitting those closest to you with death or very serious injuries feels a little wrong. It constantly felt as if the war was so far removed from them. Which didn’t make sense as the darkness seemed to be after Josy. They could have just killed a few friends to force her hand. But it never did seem to be that evil.