A million universes. A million dangers. One destiny.
The fate of the multiverse rests in Marguerite Caine’s hands. Marguerite has been at the center of a cross-dimensional feud since she first traveled to another universe using her parents’ invention, the Firebird. Only now has she learned the true plans of the evil Triad Corporation—and that those plans could spell doom for dozens or hundreds of universes, each facing total annihilation.
Paul Markov has always been at Marguerite’s side, but Triad’s last attack has left him a changed man—angry and shadowed by tragedy. He struggles to overcome the damage done to him, but despite Marguerite’s efforts to help, Paul may never be the same again.
So it’s up to Marguerite alone to stop the destruction of the multiverse. Billions of lives are at stake. The risks have never been higher. And Triad has unleashed its ultimate weapon: another dimension’s Marguerite—wicked, psychologically twisted, and always one step ahead.
Warnings: suicide, automobile accident, mentions of war, gun violence, physical violence
Marguerite’s new personal nemesis, the version of her from the Home Universe, who she nicknames Wicked, personally makes her life hell in this book. Wicked is on a mission from Wyatt Conley, to destroy other universes, so that the splinters of Josie residing in them can return to the Home Universe, but she also is targeting Marguerites. So she herself has to go, literally staying one step behind her, jumping from dimension to dimension, falling into a new trap with every new dimension, as she tries to find a way to stop the collapse of those universes. Soon, Marguerite and her family have to change tactics, as they gain new allies, and see new worlds. Marguerite, once again, finds herself in different lives, but also different versions of Paul while her own finds himself too damaged and scared of what he could do now that he has been put back together with his splintered pieces. They both have let go of the notion that their love is fated or destined, but it is up to her to convince him that they still have something special. The book is a hell of an adventure, and keeps its character’s range of possibilities in the infinite, as we see versions of them that are good, that are bad, that are sorry for the things they have done, that have done irreparable damage. The ending was touch-and-go for a moment, but it does come along nicely. Most of all, I am satisfied with the conclusion.
Previous books in the Firebird trilogy