Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Review: The Final Descent (The Monstrumologist #4) by Rick Yancey


Will Henry and Dr. Warthrop have encountered many horrors together—but can Will endure a monstrumological terror without his mentor?

Will Henry has been through more that seems possible for a boy of fourteen. He’s been on the brink of death on more than one occasion, he has gazed into hell—and hell has stared back at him, and known his face. But through it all, Dr. Warthrop has been at his side.

When Dr. Warthrop fears that Will’s loyalties may be shifting, he turns on Will with a fury, determined to reclaim his young apprentice’s devotion. And so Will must face one of the most horrific creatures of his monstrumology career—and he must face it alone.

Over the course of one day, Will’s life—and Pellinor Warthrop’s destiny—will lie in balance. In the terrifying depths of the Monstrumarium, they will face a monster more terrible than any they could have imagined—and their fates will be decided.

My Review:

If you tend to scan the lines of my little reviews, you probably know that I normally rate a book on a scale of 1 to 5. Reading this, you may have noticed that I did not post a rating for this novel. I could not bring myself to do so. For I have given the highest rating of 5 before, and I still thoroughly stand by my decision to do so. But this? This is so much more.

I should begin by saying that I have spent a lot of time with this series. I picked up the first book, intrigued by the title, and immediately was I thrown into this new world. All this time later, I have never left.

As a reader or a writer, I am sure that you know what I mean when I say it is hard to end a series. It is especially hard to end a series when you can honestly say the books within these series are the greatest books you have ever come across in your life. And, yes, it was hard, but I found that I have made peace. For this is not a fleeting series. Will Henry and Pellinore Warthrop may not be creations of my own imagination, but, oh, will they stay with me. I may have turned the final page, but how can I ever forget the times I have spent with the Monstrumologist and his "apprentice"? No, a part of me is in that book. I don't want it back.

The Final Descent is an excellent conclusion to the series. Dark and suspenseful, the novel dives deeper into the characters than ever before. The writing is beautiful and the quotes are absolutely heart-stopping. I definitely got tears at multiple moments, and I can admit that. The Final Descent is just as brilliant as the first three, and readers will not be disappointed.

Mr. Yancey, thank you for writing this wonderfully dark series. Truly, nothing else can compare.

I would say that I am at a loss for words, but I cannot do so, as even when I have trouble explaining something, I continue to flow out a variety of phrases to try and make sense of mess of thoughts with only 26 letters. But I will try to close my review with this: I am a writer. If I can ever scrawl out something that affects a reader a fraction of the amount that this series has affected me, I can happily make my own final descent.

There is a chance that you have not read any of the Monstrumologist series, although I cannot imagine why and I highly recommend that you do so as soon as humanly possible. To make that 'asap' a bit more 'p', here are some links for the previous books in the series:

The Monstrumologist (Book One)

The Curse of the Wendigo (Book Two)

The Isle of Blood (Book Three)

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