ARC Review: Transcendent

Transcendent by Lesley Livingston
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Release date: December 23, 2014

On a storm-swept terrace high above the streets of Manhattan, Mason Starling holds the fate of the world in her hands as her beloved Fennrys lies bleeding at her feet, his life hanging in the balance. The ancient Norse prophecy of Ragnarok stands poised on the knife edge of fulfillment. Mason’s transformation into a Valkyrie—a chooser of the slain and the one who will ultimately bring about the end of the world—is complete. Still, she remains determined to thwart her father’s apocalyptic desires. Whatever is to come, it won’t happen because of what the prophecy foretold, or what Gunnar Starling has planned, or what the fates have already decided. What happens next will be up to Mason and the Fennrys Wolf. The world had better hope they haven’t reached the limits of what their souls and swords can survive.

I have been loving this series with it’s unique take on Nordic mythology. The story picks up from the last book, Descendant, when Fennrys is dying. In order to save him, Mason demands of Rafe to turn him, thus propelling the prophecy forward by introducing the Fenris onto the board. For a long time, it seems she is falling right into her father’s plan but Mason is resistant to the idea of giving in to her Valkyrie. She and Fennrys both now have inner impulses that can’t be let out, for avoiding Ragnarok. But besides these two main characters, I am thankful that Livingston also focused on other character arcs, specially in tying loose ends from even the first book. The series appears to be well-thought out and planned, even the ending giving way to a good surprise.

The plot races towards apocalypse but there are many other variables involved, which allows Mason to look for loopholes. I loved how she grew as a character – she becomes a warrior but doesn’t lose herself. Heather is another great character who I don’t even remember why I thought to be bad in the first book – she is such a smart girl, and kind that whatever she did was for others. She may have seemed like a bitch but she was doing the right thing; even in this book, she frees Cal but doesn’t not tie him to herself. Roth – god, I feel bad for the guy and wished he had his happy ending but yeah, whatever. Overall, I think the whole embodiments of players in the Ragnarok rather than the gods descending was a good twist in the prophecy, leaving the choice to the mortals whether or not to end the world. I have loved this series and was quite satisfied with the finale.

Received an ARC from Harper Teen via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Previous books:

Starling (Starling, #1)  Descendant (Starling, #2)




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