Review of The Sisters Grimm: The Everafter War by Michael Buckley

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Fantasy Audiobook - The Sisters Grimm: The Everafter War by Michael BuckleyThe Sisters Grimm: The Everafter War
By Michael Buckley; Read by L.J. Ganser
6 Hours 45 Minutes – [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: Recorded Books
Published: 2009
Themes: / Fantasy / Magic / YA /

I listened to book seven in a day. This is something I used to do when I could read. With audiobooks, I can’t multitask as well so I tend to go through a book in smaller bites. Not this one. Fortunately, the books aren’t too long, so I can do one in a day. Once in a while.

As the title suggests, this is the book where the war the girls saw in book five comes to pass. The Everafter War is between the followers of the Crimson Hand and the Everafters who refuse to follow the Master. Basically, it’s a war between the followers of the Drimson Hand and everyone else. Their plan is to first take over Ferryport Landing and destroy the barrier keeping them prisoners in the small town, then taking over the rest of the world. Lovely Evil Villain stuff fit for a fairy tale.

This book, however, is darker. Although Buckley doesn’t go into detail and doesn’t dwell on the war, there are casualties. Including one of my favorite Everafters from the series. But this death is the linchpin that rallies the troops and makes them realize this really is a war.

Sabrina and other characters have their own moments of truth where they begin to see things more clearly. I won’t say more, because you need to experience these with the characters. So, no spoilers!

I love Buckley’s touch when it comes to humor and relieving tension. He kept the story fast-paced, but used humor, character development and the overarching story to break up moments of tension and sorrow.

As the teaser at the beginning of the book promises, you find out who the Master is. I figured this out in book 5, but was still interested in WHY that person became the Uber Villain, the Master. And there are a few other answers to clues put in previous books.

It’s a good read. It’s a good series. I think, though, I’d give this book an 8 out of 10. The violence is not too much for pre-teens or middle grade readers. The story is also worth reading for adults who like to share books with their kids.

I’m looking forward to next month when I can buy book eight and see what happens next!

Posted by Charlene Harmon

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