Torn, the final part of the Tethers trilogy, has left me with a dull ache inside. Never again will I hear more about the adventures of Karl and Esther, Croxall makes sure of that.
Having said as much, the final installment reads like a train as we pick up only moments after the ending of Unwoven. We meet the same characters, this time though, they start out on different paths, not unlike Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. Somewhere in the middle, our main characters catch up with each other to spiral towards a cataclysmic end.
Who will live to tell the tale, is everyone who they say they are, can people return from the dead and will Karl and Esther sort out their differences?
Croxall's writing is so captivating, you don't care which storyline you're currently reading, you want to know it all. An accomplishment in itself, as I'm usually drawn to the main storyline, Karl and Esther in this case, but I could hardly tell the difference as the book is a real page-turner.
Far too soon we reach the end. Whether or not Croxall has chosen to head for disaster like a raging bull or give us a happy ending, you will have to find out for yourself. I for one am left feeling torn. Torn between the pleasure of having read such a magnificent trilogy and the empty feeling that Karl and Esther are no longer with me. They became a part of my life this last year, thank you for the ride. It has been a pleasure!