Let the Wind Rise by Shannon Messenger. Let the Sky Fall, #3.
My copy: Simon Pulse (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division), April 2016. Hardcover, 407 pages.
The breathtaking action and whirlwind adventure build to a climax in this thrilling conclusion to the “remarkably unpredictable” (BCCB) Sky Fall trilogy from the bestselling author of the Keeper of the Lost Cities series.
Vane Weston is ready for battle. Against Raiden’s army. Against the slowly corrupting Gale Force. Even against his own peaceful nature as a Westerly. He’ll do whatever it takes, including storming Raiden’s icy fortress with the three people he trusts the least. Anything to bring Audra home safely.
But Audra won’t wait for someone to rescue her. She has Gus—the guardian she was captured with. And she has a strange “guide” left behind by the one prisoner who managed to escape Raiden. The wind is also rising to her side, rallying against their common enemy. When the forces align, Audra makes her play—but Raiden is ready.
Freedom has never held such an impossible price, and both groups know the sacrifices will be great. But Vane and Audra started this fight together. They’ll end it the same way.
Let the Wind Rise is the fight to free Audra and Gus. It is the final showdown between our (mostly) good guys and the evil (slightly cardboard-y) villain Raiden. It’s a whirlwind (har har) of activity, so the pace is breakneck. I wasn’t blown away (har har har) by the conclusion to this underrated fantasy trilogy, but it was still very good and easy to jump right into despite not having read the previous books in a while.
Vane and Audra remain strong heroes, with Audra being much stronger than Vane, and the colorful supporting cast definitely breaks up the tension and offers our two angsty teens some great support. Standouts were Aston and Gus. The one person who got on my nerves was Solana, but even if she wasn’t too bad. Major respect to everyone and the hell they went through, though.
One of the few disappointments I could even find with Let the Wind Rise was how quickly it ended. I would have loved some more time after the final battle for all the characters to rest after the crazy events. I also would have appreciated more explanations about how the world was reformed and normality was relatively reintroduced. Alas, this degree of closure was pretty much nil, but the last few pages were very, very enjoyable.
I really liked Let the Wind Rise. Was it a killer ending? No. But I love the magic system of the winds, and the entire series feels very wistful and whimsical at times. Despite the cover change (why can’t publishers wait until a series is over?!) and the few drawbacks, I will remember the Let the Sky Fall series very fondly and do recommend the books to those looking for an original take on the magic of controlling the winds. ♦
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