I found this story both surprising and very creative in the twists it had on the original fairy tale. I would not have predicted the ending. The story drew me in and captured my attention to the end.
Sorcery and Scholarships
on Feb. 21, 2012
This book is an interesting blend of the mundane with the magical. There is enough unknown and mystery to leave one wondering and wanting to know more. The development of the characters is satisfying; even with less major characters one gets a sense of what they are like. The ending has a lot of action, and there are unexplained surprises in it. The epilogue sets up the scene for a subsequent book.
This book built on the setup in Sorcery & Scholarships, and continued with good character development of the main characters. It also had some character's who later were surprises, not being what they appeared to be. The epilogue again whetted one's appetite for more of the continuing story.
The Rainbow of Doom is the third is the series, The Dying War, by Ian Isaro. This book continues to follow the three main protagonists, Aki, Blake, and Keisha, in both their studies at Axis, the university for people with intrinsic bent toward magic, and their dealings with the intrigues in the world of magic. The development of their characters continues, and in this volume the struggles each faces with doubts and making choices is satisfying compared to having idealized main characters/heroes. Other individuals receive more attention in this volume, which helps in the story development, and the epilogue has the usual Isaro surprise, although this one is hinted at earlier in the story. No hint, though, in where the story goes next, so the next volume is highly awaited.
This book continues to follow the 3 students, Blake, Keisha and Aki, and their various struggles and involvements in the upcoming war. There are many twists, so one is not certain who is involved in the conflict, who is plotting in it, and especially who can be trusted. One wonders what fate awaits the 3 protagonists. It feels like the future books will contain a lot of action, and perhaps less school.
The fifth installment of Isaro's series continues the development of the main protagonists. I appreciate that they are real people, with flaws and temptations to deal with, yet an enduring friendship. It was a surprise that it ends with them removed from the Axis school setting, which makes one wonder if the next volume will follow three more separate story lines. The epilogue also contains a surprise.