Book Review: All’s Fair by Jeffrey Cook and Katherine Perkins

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

Half a league, half a league,
Half a league onward,
All in the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.
“Forward, the Light Brigade!
“Charge for the guns!” he said:
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

 

All good things must come to an end apparently. What a sad truth that is always made more stark when it’s a book and there are no more pages to turn, no more villains to battle. The strings are tied up, relationships set. The journey with Megan, Lani, Justin, and Cassia has definitely been a fun journey.

Jeffrey and Katherine do an amazing job with the series as a whole, when you step back and look at the characters back in Foul is Fair and the last book, you find the development spot on. The world starts off intricate and complex and the characters were never boring or two-dimensional, and never does it slip. It becomes more enhancing and oh man that character development.

I really hope they add in more short stories at a later time. Seriously. Maybe some pre-Megan stuff with the older characters (insert shameless begging here)

Forward, the Light Brigade!”
Was there a man dismay’d?
Not tho’ the soldier knew
Someone had blunder’d:
Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do and die:
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred

So now to the review…

“You’re born into family. You die into family.”

All’s Fair is the very last book in The Fair Folk Chronicles by Jeffrey Cook and Katherine Perkins. Yes, you read that right…last book. Very end. No more series. It was a sad moment when I realised it.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
Volley’d and thunder’d;
Storm’d at with shot and shell,
Boldly they rode and well,
Into the jaws of Death,
Into the mouth of Hell
Rode the six hundred

If you have not began the series yet, or are not about to begin All’s Fair then stop reading this because there will be major spoilers from book 3

It’s winter and Megan and Lani are officially graduates (and Justin has his GED), but while Lani is attending school Megan has put it off. The big reason being her new responsibilities as the Unseelie Queen. I am sure we all remember the beautiful Riocard and Orlaith death scene from A Fair Fight which lead to Tiernan becoming the Seelie King and Megan his opposite. I still have a hard time with it…I can’t lie, I missed Riocard terribly in this book. I even sort of missed Olaith, but Riocard really held my heart over here.

They sacrificed themselves, as we recall, to delay the Fomoire troops and buy their own armies some time to regroup and come up with a plan to defeat the enemy. Their forces go back to An Teach Deiridh where they will make their last stand as they are outgunned, outmanned, and outnumbered. And perhaps out planned. General Inwar has mostly taken control of the strategies and the war movement, leaving Tiernan and Megan to try and protect the paths leading to other realms.

Flash’d all their sabres bare,
Flash’d as they turn’d in air,
Sabring the gunners there,
Charging an army, while
All the world wonder’d:
Plunged in the battery-smoke
Right thro’ the line they broke;
Cossack and Russian
Reel’d from the sabre stroke
Shatter’d and sunder’d.
Then they rode back, but not
Not the six hundred.

Megan, of course, is getting restless.

.Remembering her dad’s second-to-last gift, Megan and Ashling take to his books where they find Riocard’s journals. Most notably they find one that is a firsthand account that took place around the Battle of Mag Tuired. This leads Megan to come up with a last ditch plan to go into the Fomoire stronghold of Gorias for a magical weapon that could help change things for them.

This book is filled with beautiful scenes and quite a few tear-filled moments. What we thought we knew about certain characters turns out to be wrong and other characters have their own agendas. When the last hand gets dealt, though, will they all stand on the same side and save the worlds from being wiped out and recreated?

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon behind them
Volley’d and thunder’d;
Storm’d at with shot and shell,
While horse and hero fell,
They that had fought so well
Came thro’ the jaws of Death
Back from the mouth of Hell,
All that was left of them,
Left of six hundred.

As the final battle thunders down on them, who will live? Who will die? Who will tell their story? And have I mentioned the wonderful moment it dawned on me that Jeffrey and Katherine like Hamilton: An American Musical. I kept picking up certain things and I ended up sending Jeffrey a message and asking. How embarrassing for me would it have been if he was like “Uh, yeah no. We don’t like that how are you even finding that in here?”

Okay, you’re right…I wouldn’t have been embarrassed at all.

While there are a few minor mistakes here and there, this is a fantastic ending to an awesome and HIGHLY recommended series. The Fair Folk Chronicles is a story about being who you are and rising up to the occasion. It’s about having faith in your friends and doing what is right and what needs to be done, even if it comes to sacrificing yourself. We watched Megan go from a heavily drugged artistic teen (because of her ADHD) to an incredible (and still artistic) Unseelie Queen who stands firm on her own two feet.

Tissues are also recommended for this book.

 

When can their glory fade?
O the wild charge they made!
All the world wondered.
Honor the charge they made,
Honor the Light Brigade,
Noble six hundred.

 

*The poem throughout this review is Lord Tennyson’s The Charge of the Light Brigade

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I enjoy random writing related thoughts, plot bunnies, and good books. One of these days I'll get my own book finished.
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