Title: The Lost Codex
Series: The Collectors’ Society
Author: Heather Lyons
Daniela’s rating: 4 stars
**ARC provided by author in exchange for honest review.
Note: This is the last book of The Collectors’ Society series by Heather Lyons. You should not read this review unless you have read the previous books, in case it might have any spoilers. You’ve been warned 🙂
Allies, once inseparable, splinter until they break apart.
An insidiousness carves its way through Wonderland, challenging the land’s very existence.
Battle lines will be drawn as pages, long languishing in darkness, are finally illuminated.
Swords will clash, blood will be spilled, and lives will be lost.
For what is written can still be erased.
The last book of a wonderful series. Wow!
The Lost Codex picks up right where we left off in book 3, The Forgotten Mountain. Alice and her crew have been taken by the Piper and the Chosen and are now in great danger, some might be even dead, who knows. Alice knows what she has to do though, she must come back to reality from the dream land she’s managed to get herself in to, get the ones she love most and save them. It doesn’t matter how many sacrifices she has to make, she’ll do whatever needs to be done to save them. And so she does.
This last book is full of so many adventures, just like the previous books. I believe this was a great closure for an awesome story. Heather managed to make the cruelest of villains and captured the essence of each and every character she included in the books. The pace of the story itself was just plain perfect; not too fast but not too slow either.
Alice is, once again, the badass we’ve come to love. She’s fierce and strong and determined. She makes the decisions she has to make based on knowledge, wit and a little bit of instinct. I’ve come to realize she’s just one of the strongest female characters I’ve read about, always facing the cruelty and the bad that the world throws at her with her whole heart, not expecting absolutely nothing in return. She does what needs to be done in order to save her people and the lives of innocents.
Then we have my beloved Finn. Geez! This guy is just one hell of a guy. The only thing I thought while reading this book was that he was way over protected, especially by Alice. It felt like her worry didn’t let him face his demons the way he needed to and ended up being treated as a little boy who doesn’t know what’s best for him. At first it felt like he had lost some of his strength and it bothered me a little. But either way, Finn is just pure heart and love and strength. He’s a spectacular character, one that I’ve loved since the moment he appeared on the first book.
In this last book we get to understand so much about a lot of stuff. The Librarian has always been a mystery to me throughout the previous books. I never quiet understood her and her riddles and when I realized who she really was, I was a bit lost, because I hadn’t heard of her, so I googled her but after that, her attitude and way of being was pretty clear and made complete sense. I wished I’d had a bit more about Victor and Mary. I think, Victor’s story fell in the background and was discarded way too easy. I guess I wanted to understand a bit more about what happened to him and why it did, but I loved Mary for being there for him. She might be a bit of a fire-cracker, but the way she loves Victor was just plain beautiful and true.
I loved reading this story, like I said, I feel it was a good way to end this adventurous journey. The evilness was incredibly cruel, the characters faced their demons with such braveness I couldn’t be more proud of them. The love made me swoon with every single word I read. It’s filled with so many emotions, this book… It was just great.