Let the Wind Rise by Shannon Messenger
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
It's been a painfully long wait for the conclusion to this trilogy which does for sylphs and other assorted wind spirits what Rick Riordan did for various classical pantheons.
It was very much worth the wait.
Vane and Audra take the fight to Raiden in this final adventure of theirs, and it's a long, intense fight, with everyone involved getting battered and shredded by their weaponized winds (and those of their enemies, of course.) Messenger jam-packs this book with all that supernatural action, as well as some excellent (and, often, excellently juvenile) humor, like Vane's discovery that sylphs prefer to "freebird." And, of course, the feels. There's one death in particular that is just...damn. Instant reader wreckage right there, and me and my Flash-level broken dude tears were no exception.
It's a shame Vane and Audra's story doesn't get the attention it deserves in the YA world. It helps that the content is kept at a high-PG level, so it could easily appeal to middle-grade readers and be a great gateway to YA, up there with Harry Potter and Percy Jackson.
I can't wait for whatever Messenger gives us next. In the meantime, to the Sky Fall trilogy, I hereby say ave atque vale.
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