Author: Susan Ee
Series: Penryn & the End of Days, #3
Penryn and Raffe have escaped from the malicious angel Uriel and the host of angels that have invaded our world. Now with Paige in tow, Penryn searches desperately for someone to undo the horrors inflicted upon her sister while Raffe seeks to finally be reunited with the wings that were stolen from him. Penryn is sure she can rely on Raffe, but as the battle between man and angel intensifies, each faces impossible choices, choices that may turn ally into enemy and separate them for good.
“All this time, I’ve been thinking I’m the strong one, that I’m making the hard choices and carrying the weight of responsibility for my family on my shoulders. But I realize now that the toughest choices, the ones that will haunt us for the rest of our lives, are the ones that my mom is still sheltering me from.”
End of Days, Susan Ee’s final installment in her Penryn & the End of Days series, sets up the final battle between angels and humans. Throughout the series, Penryn has been pulled in different directions, but her loyalty to her family remains constant. Now more than ever it becomes imperative that she reconnect with the doctor that first experimented on her sister or risk watching Paige slowly waste away. As difficult as it is, Penryn finally begins to recognize her sister’s capabilities and even though Paige may be irrevocably altered, she still remains the strong little girl she was in the World Before. Penryn also gains new insight into her mother’s madness and as strange as she can be, Penryn’s mother manages to be both unnervingly blunt and wise in her own way. She is the unsung hero of the series and I found myself liking her more in more with each book.
Penryn and Raffe found common ground in Angelfall and the bound between them could not be severed by their separation in World After. In End of Days, their relationship takes on a different challenge. The differences between their two peoples that were once easy to overlook in light of their mutual respect for one another are harder to ignore. Penryn is a fierce heroine, who never turns her back on those she cares about, not even for Raffe. Both are faced with hard decisions, from embracing leadership roles that put them on opposing sides to accepting mistakes they’ve made in the past. Each has their own path to follow and even though they care about one another, neither is blind to their own peoples’ needs. One thing I did find missing from this last installment was a definitive answer to the real role the Messenger plays in the relationship between God and angels, as this was both debated and was a key factor in the main storyline.
End of Days is just as fast-paced as the previous books and introduces new settings and horrors that bring a deeper complexity to many of its characters. As someone who isn’t really into angel books, this series was an amazing experience, with a unique twist on angelic beings, a terrifying post-apocalyptic world and a main character who is a force to be reckoned with.