Goodreads Rating: 4.25
Format: Finished Copy
This is where it begins. The showdown for Halla. At stake is nothing less than all that ever was and all that will be.There's only one thing missing--Bobby Pendragon.
While Bobby remains trapped on Ibara, the battle moves to his home territory: Second Earth. Mark Dimond and Courtney Chetwynde are left on their own to defend Second Earth agsinst the forces of Saint Dane. They must face off against a charismatic cult leader who has risen to power by revealing a shattering truth to the people of Earth: They are not alone.
The Convergence has broken down the walls. The territories are on a collision course. The final phase of Saint Dane's quest to rule Halla is under way.
And Bobby Pendragon is nowhere to be found.
******WARNING!!! THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS!!!!!!********
This is probably my favorite one of the series!! I laughed, cried, and made people slightly scared for my sanity as I yelled "Oh that did NOT just happen!" This the second to last book in the series and holy mamba is it a doozy! As MacHale told me at the BEA Conference, the last 3 books are a series of their own because things really start to go down. I finally see what he means. The fabric of Halla is disintegrating and at the start of the book, Bobby is out of play.
You get to see the point of view of different travelers instead of just Mark, Courtney and Bobby. Things really start to get messed up on the territories as you try to figure out what exactly Saint Dane has planned. Things also get personal for Bobby, Mark and Courtney as the fight is taken to their home, Second Earth.
The only thing I didn't quite understand was how Tello could be Nevva when Nevva took Mark's ring on First Earth and the entrance to the flume to Ibara was closed off. The only thing I could think of was that Saint Dane had the flume dug up long before we thought (or he did it faster than we thought since I don't think Tello went missing for a while). Overall, it wasn't really clear how this happened.
Overall, this book gets 5/5 for me. Even with the confusion, this books was packed full of action, shock and awe! The ending, especially, will leave you in shock and awe. There is so much that happened but to keep from blathering on I will just say read the book and have the 10th handy, because you are just going to want to jump right into the next book :)
The Courts Decision: