This was the fifth and final book in the Heartstrikers series, and everything that’s been building up in all the books really came together in an explosive finale!
Possibly the best thing about this series was the whole cast of characters—including dragons, mages, and spirits—all of whom were unique, three-dimensional, and oddly likeable or at least interesting and entertaining. So it was great seeing all of them come together against a common enemy in this book.
It was also great getting to finally learn more about Bob and the reasons for all his plotting and planning and manipulating.
I also enjoyed seeing how everything in the plot went down. The magic system in this series is so complex and detailed and thought-out, and it played such a big part in everything. The plot itself was complex too in the way that everything led to everything else which led to how things culminated in the end. There was a lot to keep up with between Bob’s plots, all the different characters, and the happenings in the Sea Magic, but the author pulled it off so well.
I was really happy with how things ended for many of the characters individually too. *SPOILER* I actually felt bad for Bob upon realizing how lonely he was, why it’s so hard for them to have relationships, and why they go mad, so I was happy that he got his Nameless End back in the end. I think they both do have some kind of feelings for each other; exactly what those feelings are, I’m not sure, but they care. I mean, no longer having seer powers at the end, Bob could’ve started dating other dragons, but he didn’t even want to. He still wanted her, pigeon form and all, and I think that’s sweet. I think even Ian and Svena have some sort of feelings for each other. And of course there’s Chelsie and Xian. And Julius and Marci. And Julius realizing that Justin has always been there for him and treated him like a real brother was a nice moment. Lots of characters were happy in the end, and that made me happy. *END SPOILER*
Overall, this was a very satisfying ending to a great series with action-packed plots, a complex magic system, lots of magic and spirits and dragons, and a whole interesting cast of characters!
Fans of Books 1-4 in Rachel Aaron's Heartstrikers series. Anyone who likes dragon shifters, magic, a whole cast of unique characters, a fast-paced story, and some unique futuristic world-building.