ARC Review: Banished by Betsy Schow

Banished (The Storymakers, #3)Banished by Betsy Schow
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

While lying in the hospital in a place called Kansas, Princess Dorthea of Emerald struggles to regain her memory of the events that propelled her out of the land of Story—and to remember how to get home.

Meanwhile, in Story, Rexi, with the help of Excalibur, continues to gain confidence in writing her own tale as she fights to save the land from the Wicked Witch. But as is always the case with evil villains, she is not to be underestimated. Can Dorthea and Rexi save their home while protecting the prince they both love from getting caught in the crossfire?

After that messy sequel Wanted, I was kind of hesitant to read this book. But then I remembered that this is the final book in the trilogy and I might as well finish the series, so I started it, albeit with low expectations. This book again begins without any explanations about the current state of the characters so it is kind of confusing in the start, but soon the two story arcs become clear – Dot is over in Kansas, waking up from a coma and being told that her life before this was all her imagination, while Rexi has been crowned as King Arthur reborn in Camelot and has to find a way to keep it and the Grail out of Blanca’s hands. Their storylines obviously intersect considering the villains they are fighting happen to be the same, just their fights are in different dimensions. Yet, they are still connected through their bond (I wonder how that worked since Rexi had supposedly severed it at the end of Wanted) which makes for convenient co-ordination of their plans.

In this book, finally, we get the characterization that was under-utilized in previous books. We see Dot struggling with the thought of whether she really wants to go back, what story she wants for her life, and what she will do to have it. Rexi, meanwhile, is also fighting for her existence, not just to not be Forgotten and avoid being a hero, but also to help out Dot and Kato who sacrificed for her. Thankfully, the Kato and Rexi angle wasn’t pursued in this book, because that did not make sense in the last one. We do get clearer storylines and things (and people) not popping out of the blue so often in this book, so I consider it an improvement. The dual perspectives was well-handed and the ending was satisfactory, if not unpredictable.

Overall, a good ending to the series.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Sourcebooks Fire, via Edelweiss.

Previous books

Spelled (The Storymakers, #1)  Wanted (The Storymakers, #2)
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