However. However. Given how Nightfall is the last of the series and the fulcrum of literally everything that comes together, the plot of this book is the most heaviest part of it as the second half of the book starts up. When a plot is this prominent, there is no way that you can look away from the screen. Pen manages to collect all the threads from book one, two and three and weaves them beautifully into a beautiful braid that makes the book just blow you apart at certain points. I loved seeing the whole series coming together, Will coming into his own (gosh, the goosebumps) and the twists and turns.
…but. *lets out a breath* But, when a book that speaks about grey characters and has to redeem them and bring them together in a way that is very very convincing to the readers has such a heavy plot … there are chances that the character/redemption arc falls out of focus in the face of the plot. To me, it felt as if because of how important it was to pull the story to a close, the characters got overlooked. There were also another well-loved character that required their own ending and this book was just pulled along too many directions for the actual characters of the story to have space for a natural growth into themselves and their relationship. Two pages did not change for me why the person who’d made a mistake was forgiven. I was not… convinced. And as much as it pains me to say this, this reduced the rating greatly for me. We are in it for the plot, definitely, but we’re also into it for the characters. We here to see them as much as we’re here for everything to come together. This was one of my biggest worries, that being the last of the series, the balance will slip to support the ‘ending of a series‘ more than the story of the people in it.
My rating is 3.75. I wish with all my heart it was higher. The epilogue definitely raised it for me, but the imbalance won out because it left me feeling like a big part of the book was missing. I’m going to write the trigger warnings for this book, do highlight to read or skip if you don’t wish to know.
Trigger Warnings: physical and verbal abuse, gore, violence, graphic content, murder, strangulation, abuse of power, arson, mentions of molestation and rape, group intimacy, mentions of substance abuse, explicit content, explicit language.