Fantasy, Humour

Glass Coffin (Darkwood #3) by Gabby Hutchinson Crouch

I have read and reviewed #1, #2 before on the blog.

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If you see my reviews for the previous two instalments of this series, you will get an idea as to why I was surprised by the ending(s) provided in this one. For a fairytale retelling that could not be any quirkier, it had a very sedate finale. The conversations and banter in the group and the implied meanings in those words continues to hold the maximum power in the adventures in the narrative.
This is one book I would not recommend unless you have read the previous ones. This will make no sense at all! Over the last two books (although very little actual time has passed), battles have been fought, but the war is still up for grabs. This is probably the shortest of adventures (I say this without looking at the page count), with things happening swiftly and falling over each other in order to reach the finish. This last part should have been a downside, but it worked surprisingly. It forced certain characters to introspect faster than they would have otherwise and grow to reach their own potentials. There are a lot of romantic pairings, providing enough variety- from the most standard to the most bizarre.
There is not much more that I can add here which would make sense in a review of the last in a series. There are versions of popular fairytales mashed together in new ways and put in a sort-of-feudal-time world. It does not seem to take itself seriously, even as it tackles some tricky questions about people’s views of themselves. The humour is something that grows on you (if you aren’t already familiar with the style) over time. The action scenes are many and frequent, making it a quick read with some speed-breakers in terms of more subtle humour hidden in between.
I would recommend the series as a whole to someone on the lookout for a ‘different’ retelling.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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