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The Everafter War (The Sisters Grimm - book 7) Paperback – 2 Mar 2010
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Michael Buckley has written and developed shows for Nickelodeon, Disney, MTV Animation, the Sci-Fi Channel, the Discovery Channel, and VH1. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife Alison, and son, Finn.Peter Ferguson is a comic book and editorial artist. He is also the illustrator of the young adult novels The Anybodies and The Nobodies, by N.E. Bode, Endymion Spring by Matthew Skelton, and DJ MacHale's Pendragon series. He lives in Argentina.
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The first couple of books started out as standalone adventures that had a hint of an on-going story. But that has slowly changed as the evil group the Scarlett Hand, under the control of the mysterious Master, has increased their control in town. The Everafter War is the seventh book in the series and really relies on the previous books for its story. There is enough background here to understand things, but it really is best if you've read the previous entries in the series.
The book opens with happy news. After two years in an enchanted sleep, Sabrina and Daphne's parents have finally awakened. Unfortunately, things are at their breaking point. A large group from the Scarlett Hand has surrounded the Grimm house. The family manages to flee and make it to the resistance camp being run by Prince Charming.
But war is coming, and there isn't much that anyone seems able to do to stop it. As the rage tag group trains for the upcoming battle, someone is sabotaging things around camp. Before the book is over, one character is dead, there is a major revelation, and the Master is revealed.
As I was reading this book, I couldn't help but think about how dark it was. The early books had their tense moments, but they were mostly fun. This one was very heavy and sad most of the way through. There are still some fun moments, like Sabrina's on-going battles with fairy Puck (there were several scenes between them that made me laugh out loud), but the overall tone is very serious.
I actually felt the plot was a little slow here. Half the action took place off stage with the Grimms only learning about it later. I felt like much of the book was waiting for the climax to happen. When it did, I was once again riveted. While many of the books have left us with cliffhangers of some kind, this one really left me dangling. And I didn't feel like it tied too much up. I have a feeling that the only real climax we will get between now and the end of the series will take place in the final book. But I will say the twists were great, making me gasp a time or two.
On the other hand, the characters continued to really mature here. A big theme was how adults treat kids, and I liked how that theme was played out. Sabrina and Daphne have really grown from the first book, and that is built upon here. I like where they seem to be going.
I don't recommend starting the Sisters Grimm series with The Everafter War. Much of the earlier series will be spoiled and many of the twists here won't mean much to you. But fans of the series will enjoy this book despite a bit of a weak story.
I know its for the children (I got the first in the series for my daughters 8th birthday) but I love it too. I like the twists and turns and the humour.
The whole series is very clever, it brings in so many tales we know from our childhoods and makes the characters come to life in totally unexpected ways.
I hate spoilers for books so I'm giving any. Just read them, keep them, enjoy them. This series will be read by my daughter to her children if she has them, it has that lasting appeal to her even now and I'm certain that it will stand the test of time very well.
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"The Everafter War" is the exciting seventh book in Michael Buckley's excellent "The Sisters Grimm" children's fantasy series. Buckley kicks up the pace quite a bit with this book as there is now a full scale war in Ferryport Landing, which leads to many action packed scenes. As the series has progressed the characters have matured, most notably Sabrina and her sister Daphne, and the struggles of both to show adults that they aren't children any longer is very believable, as are the struggles of the adults around them to accept the fact that Sabrina and Daphne are indeed growing up. One of the things Buckley does so well in this series is to take beloved fairy tale characters and turn them upside down so you never quite know who to trust and he outdoes himself in this book with some twists that will shock readers. While the book is aimed at children, parents should be aware that while there isn't a lot of violence in the book, there is death, including the death of one character that may upset younger readers.
"The Everafter War" moves the plot of the series along quite a bit, but still ends on a (very funny) cliffhanger that will leave readers anxiously waiting for the next book in this enchanting series. Well done.