Book Review: Wasteland King (Gallow and Ragged Book 3) by Lilith Saintcrow

 
 
The plague is loose upon the fae realms, but, as a half-sidhe, Jeremiah remains unaffected and has other things to worry about, like the deal he makes with Unwinter that might end in his (Jeremiah's) death but will at least keep Robin safe. Robin, however, having no where else to go, makes a deal of her own with Unwinter, and the only thing on her mind is getting revenge on Summer.

Book Review: Wasteland King (Gallow and Ragged Book 3) by Lilith Saintcrow | reading, books, book reviews, fantasy, urban fantasy, faeries
Title: Wasteland King
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Book Number: Book 3 of 3
Pages: 352
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This was the third and final book of the series, so I was invested in the characters and wanted to know what would happen to them, especially Jeremiah and Alastair, but I was a little disappointed in this book.

It was kind of just the same basic plot as the others. People chasing, people being chased, people tracking down other people in order to help them, people trying to get revenge, no one trusting anybody, etc.

There was at least finally an ending to all the chasing and being chased… but the ending left so many things open and wasn’t very satisfying to me. After taking some time to let it settle in my mind, and I felt better about it than I did immediately after finishing, but I still would’ve liked a more definite answer about the main thing that happened. I will say, however, that it was at least unexpected in a good way. Maybe kind of bittersweet, but bittersweet isn’t a negative thing for me.

As I said though, it was the characters I cared about at this point. I didn’t get as much depth from them as I would’ve liked after three whole books, and I never did warm up to Robin, but I liked Jeremiah and Alastair. Honestly I think bringing Alastair in in Book 2 and having him play a big part in Book 3 was what saved this series for me. I found him interesting, and it seemed like he had more emotional range and realistic qualities (not always good, but still realistic) than the others. And Jeremiah and Alastair’s broken friendship was my favorite thing about this book. I liked seeing how they hated each other but still couldn’t help but care about and risk their lives for each other.

So this book felt a bit repetitive, and the open ending left me a little unsatisfied, but overall I did enjoy the series.

 
 
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The thrilling conclusion to New York Times bestselling author Lilith Saintcrow’s dark fantasy series where the faery world inhabits diners, dive bars and trailer parks.

The plague has broken loose, the Wild Hunt is riding, and the balance of power in the sidhe realms is still shifting. The Unseelie King has a grudge against Jeremiah Gallow, but it will have to wait. For he needs Gallow’s services for a very delicate mission — and the prize for success is survival itself.

In order to save both Robin Ragged and himself, Gallow will have to do the unspeakable…

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  1. Greg

    Woah I’ve never seen this cover? I don’t think?? Sorry this one wasn’t great but sounds like the series as a whole is worth reading. I have the first one on my Kindle waiting to go, I need to start it.

  2. Suzanne @ The Bookish Libra

    Sorry to hear this one was a little repetitive for you. I think the relationship between the characters sounds like it would have been my favorite part of this book too. The series sounds really good overall though.

  3. Olivia Roach

    Ah, it’s always a shame when a series kind of has a disappointing ending and doesn’t tie up enough endings. I don’t usually like open endings but I will admit that it works for some people, and that it sometimes makes sense for the book. It just has to be right for the book, for me. But yeah, it’s a shame that this one didn’t quite fulfill what you wanted it to!

  4. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    I forgot about this series! I still need to read the second and third book but I remember really liking the first. Now you say you weren’t satisfied by the open ending though makes me question if I should put the work to finishing. I liked the darker side of the fae, though, which is why I liked Holly Black’s fae books, she makes sure fae aren’t magical and sunshine and light, they are nasty pieces of work and that’s how I want them.

    1. Kristen Burns

      I was still glad I read it, but I guess it’s up to you whether it’s worth it, especially if it’s been so long since you read the first one. I do like seeing the darker side of the fae too!