The Wondrous and the Wicked – Page Morgan
Since the Waverlys arrived in Paris, the streets have grown more fearsome by the day. As Ingrid learns to master her lectrux gift, she must watch Axia’s power grow strong enough to extend beyond her Underneath hive. By all indications, the fallen angel’s Harvest is near-and the timing couldn’t be worse.
Targeted by vengeful gargoyles, Gabby has been exiled to London for her own protection. Meanwhile, the gargoyle castes are in disarray, divided between those who want Luc to lead them and those who resent him and his fondness for humans. The Alliance is crumbling from the inside as well, its members turning against one another, and possibly against the Waverlys, too.
Axia has promised that the world will burn. And now, unable to trust the Alliance, separated from Luc, Gabby, and her twin, Grayson, Ingrid is left to face the demon uprising alone.
I don’t want to spoil anything about this book, but I’m just going to put this out there: it was one of the best endings to a trilogy I’ve read in a long time (with the exception being Ellie Marney’s Every Move, which was amazing).
As with the previous books, the setting is gorgeous and atmospheric. Morgan has a beautiful command of language, and at times, it’s impossible to tear your eyes away from the page, especially toward the end.
But, while her descriptions are lovely, characters are where Morgan really shines. I’ve complained before about having multiple POVs can detract from a book’s general awesomeness, but in this trilogy, I pretty much love all the characters so I didn’t mind being jolted back and forth between their different experiences.
All of the characters continued to grow and mature, and you learned a lot more about them along the way, especially Grayson who played a bigger role in this book compared to the first two.
As I mentioned before, this was one of those rare series where I was actually (briefly) torn between the two guys in the love triangle. Like Ingrid, I liked Vander, but I loved Luc. Vander is a genuinely good guy; he’s smart and brave and obviously cares about Ingrid (and the rest of the Alliance). But Luc…I can’t even describe him. Sure, he’s occasionally brooding, but he’s a gargoyle, so it can be forgiven (he spends half his life literally trapped in stone, you’d be brooding too).
I also enjoyed the way Marco’s character developed. He’s much more likeable and there was even a chapter where I was genuinely worried about him. Speaking of developing characters, Nolan’s cousin Rory was around a bit more, and not only did he continue to be fabulous, but his implied relationship with another character (who I won’t name because that spoils everything) was the cutest thing.
And Gabby continues to be a badass heroine; her weapon skills save their lives a couple of times and, even though she seems to make a stupid bargain when Nolan’s in trouble, you can see that she’s genuinely trying to be helpful.
The last 30 pages were basically an emotional rollercoaster. I cried, and then smiled, and then cried again because it was the most gorgeous ending I could have asked for. You know how sometimes when you finish a really good book, you can’t function normally for a little while afterwards because you’re processing your feelings? That was me.
Actually, this is a more accurate representation of me post-reading:
There’s a major death (I won’t tell you who) that cut straight through me. I honestly couldn’t – wouldn’t – believe that this character had died until a funeral scene a few chapters later. This death affected me so much, I feel like crying again (or maybe it’s just because I’m really hungry). I appreciate when authors take that step, risking characters’ lives in order to achieve a poignant ending. Sometimes it doesn’t work and readers are upset at a needless waste; other times, it’s the catalyst that makes a perfect resolution possible. In this case, it was definitely the latter.
I could spend the next five hours waxing on about how amazing this series is, but if you like your romance with a gothic twist, I highly recommend picking these up. The Dispossesed trilogy has rightfully earned a place on my favourite books shelf.