The Sisters Grimm : The Everafter War Bk. 7 Paperback
Concluding the dramatic cliffhanger that ended book six, Sabrina and Daphne's prayers are finally answered when their parents are awoken from their sleeping spell.
But their happy reunion is short-lived when they are caught in the middle of a war between The Scarlet Hand and Prince Charming's Everafter army.
As the family works to help his ragtag group of rebels and protect their friends, Sabrina comes face to face with the family's deadliest enemy - the mysterious Master - who reveals a secret so shocking it will rock the entire family to its core.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 336 pages, 10 b/w illustrations
- Publisher: Abrams
- Publication Date: 01/03/2010
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9780810984295
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Review by nmhale
I'm already reading book seven of this fun series, and Buckley is bringing events to cataclysmic proportions. The Everafters are officially at war, with the Scarlet Hand bearing the much bigger force and malicious intent. Prince Charming is head of the resistance, and the Grimms are living with him and Snow White and Sleeping Beauty and the other fairy tale denizens who have decided to fight against their misguided townsfolk. In true fairy tale fashion, the encampment has sprung up in full scale almost overnight, and bears traces of the magical all over its wooden catapults, barracks, and fortresses. While the Scarlet Hand has the superior numbers, Grimm and company have clever minds - not to mention that they're the good guys, after all - and cook up schemes of deception and ambush. The only problem: every time they put a plan in place, the enemy always seems to know every move before they make it. The Grimms decide that there must be a traitor in the camp. The warfare escalates, with some tragic effects, but the Grimms turn their attention to the skill in which they are most proficient, sleuthing. As they try to find the camp saboteur, Prince Charming and Snow White keep rallying their troops to fight and fight again.I have enjoyed this series throughout, and the latest installment is no exception, although the format has radically changed. As I wrote at the beginning, Buckley is accelerating the pace as he draws the threads of the plot together, and that means that this story focuses much more on the large scale conflict and plot, of necessity. The initial set up of the series was that the Grimms lived in Ferryport Landing, and though their relations with the Everafters were tense, they were grudgingly accepted. The family used their unique position to help keep the peace in town, by working as detectives and mediators, and keeping the whole mess from exploding in chaos. These state of affairs lasted for hundreds of years. The first books, then, were unique mysteries, with lots of fairy tale recasts, as Granny Relda and Sabrina and Daphne and Mr. Canis snooped around to catch criminals without letting the outside world and normal people realize the truly magical nature of this town. Now, though, the uneasy alliances have broken completely, the Scarlet Hand has driven all regular folk out of town and the Grimms are living in hiding. No more mysteries around town are possible with this change in dynamic. All the tension that was being kept pressed down by careful negotiations has broken to the surface, and that means that the only place for the series to go is resolution; the overarching plot line, that of the evil Scarlet Hand, was in the background, but now that it has been brought to the forefront, the author has to deal with it, and with the conclusion of this framing structure comes the conclusion of the series.In other words, I'm of mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, I appreciate that Buckley is not dragging out his story to interminable lengths, where the larger mysteries lose their urgency and therefore, their importance. I do want to see what happens to the Grimms, who is behind the Scarlet Hand, and how the town will end up. So far, I like how Buckley is raising the stakes, and not heading towards an anticlimax that is just patched on at the end. The conflict he set up between the Grimms and the Scarlet Hand, and the Everafters in general, was too large to be tidily dealt with in one book, and he is appropriately devoting some time to it. On the other hand, I loved the format of the series. The Grimms' private detective agency, questioning fairy tale suspects and using magical artifacts to solve mysteries. Although Buckley throws us a little mystery in the form of the saboteur, it's just not the same. I'm happy to see the larger questions finally answered, but oh so sad to see a creative episodic book series terminated so soon. Truthfully, if Buckley decided to start a new series after this one has concluded, where the Grimms are just fairy tale detectives around town and we don't have any arch nemesis looming on the horizon, just crimes that accompany any town but with the added interest of magic, I would be happy to read it. This series was compelling enough for my personal interests in reading that I am sorry to see it end, but am excited to read that ending nonetheless.
Review by travelwlee
I did not enjoy this one as much as the others. It was much darker without as much humor. But if this holds true to my preferences - I really enjoy one and then the next one not so much. Looking forward to seeing what the The Inside Story has to offerflag
Review by SRaval
great book loved all the adventure and action cant wait to read the series to the finish