Day 55: Destined by Ali Cross
Summary From Goodreads:
Choosing is a bad idea, because Desi always makes the wrong one, and sometimes there are no do-overs. Certainly not this time, when all has been lost and Desi can’t even save herself, let alone her friends. For Desi, the hardest thing is letting someone help her, to accept their sacrifice on her behalf. But that’s exactly what she’ll have to do in order to save the worlds from Helena’s destruction.
The goddess of Helheimer, long imprisoned by Desi’s father, Loki, is free at last, and she’s bent on reclaiming what once was hers. The nine worlds will be drawn into war, over Hell, over Earth, with innocent humans meaningless collateral. While Michael and the Gardians of Asgard, along with the golden-armored Valkyrie lead the battle for freedom, it’s Desi who holds the destiny of all the worlds in her hands.
Can she set aside her doubts, once and for all, and claim the gifts that are hers to bear? Can she accept the sacrifice that is made for her and Become all that she was created to be?
Her final choice will define not only her future, but the fate of humankind, forever more.
A solid ending to a fascinating trilogy. Destined ties up all of the loose ends and finishes Desi’s transformation into what she was always meant to become. Love as the overpowering theme in Destined, helps to conquer even the most difficult of challenges and keep the darkness from overpowering the characters.
In Destined we are given a lot more information from both James and Michael as their points of view are each used almost as much as Desi’s. This helps to show how each uses the love from others and from themselves to overcome their own obstacles as well as helping others to do the same. For Desi, Destined is about her coming to terms with who she is and finally accepting herself completely despite what she has done in the past. Once she does this her transformation is complete and she can learn about why she is the being that she has become and what that means for her future.
Michael on the other hand remains as singularly focused as ever. All he wants to do in the beginning is rescue Desi, and though I don’t blame him he does act like a lovesick puppy for quite some time. I’m all for the “power of love” feelings going around, but the guy needs to get some perspective and often he gets a mental slap upside the head from some of his fellow warriors, and even Odin himself. The romance between him and Desi is as strong as it ever was but the lovey-dovey nonsense they share once they reunite is well…let’s just say I could do without about half of how much we as readers are given. We get it, they love each other a ton. Anyway…
The plot is fantastic in Destined, I really have to give major props to Cross here. We have mind control, soul-eaters including some nasty business with a version of the river Styx, hounds transforming into humans, epic battles between all sorts of creatures and some clashes of proverbial titans/gods. Really when it comes down to it, despite the love-crazy parts spread throughout the book, their is a ton of action and it is written very well. The pacing keeps you intrigued throughout with the possible exception of the beginning which is just pure nauseating pining.
As the book progresses we do get bounced around the different worlds/realms like a pinball. You have to pay pretty close attention just to make sure you know where you are at all times as sometimes it can get a bit confusing. The use of Norse terminology doesn’t make things easier unless you are a history buff, however, that same use and combination with other faith systems is what makes this series so compelling to begin with and I wouldn’t change a thing in that regard.
Overall this is a good ending to the series. I felt that Desolate was probably the overall strongest book in the trilogy, but Destined’s ability to move from one action-packed sequence to the next is the best by far out of the three. If you haven’t checked this series out give Become a try, it is well worth your time. Thanks as always for reading and come back tomorrow for Day 56!