Afterglow

Afterglow

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by Karsten Knight
     
 

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The action thrills and the passion burns in this red-hot conclusion to the Wildefire trilogy which “offers potent magic and plenty of action” (Booklist).

Teenage volcano goddess Ashline Wilde discovers that her former love, Colt Halliday, has an evil plan to kill the Cloak, the benevolent beings that oversee the gods. And that’s not all

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The action thrills and the passion burns in this red-hot conclusion to the Wildefire trilogy which “offers potent magic and plenty of action” (Booklist).

Teenage volcano goddess Ashline Wilde discovers that her former love, Colt Halliday, has an evil plan to kill the Cloak, the benevolent beings that oversee the gods. And that’s not all—he also wants to merge Ash and her two sisters back into a single, too-powerful goddess, Pele. Ash must stop her trickster-god ex-boyfriend once and for all…and to do it, she’s going to have to feed a few flames.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
12/01/2013
Gr 9 Up—Readers will not be able to keep up with the events in this finale if they haven't read Wildefire (2011) and Embers & Echoes (2012, both S & S). Ashline, 16, is attempting to finally put an end to the plans of Colt, a trickster god who ultimately wants to destroy the world. He also wants to bring back Pele, who was split into three separate souls as punishment for her ill deeds, and Ashline and her sisters are his target. If he kills them in just the right way, he can save his lady love. Ashline and several other gods of various pantheons are fighting to stay alive and to stop Colt from restoring all of the evil gods who have been banished to the netherworld. The basic idea of the book seems awesome, especially bringing in Polynesian gods and other non-Western pantheons. Unfortunately, the execution is a bit shaky and the characters are not fully realized. Keeping track of all the plot twists, and ignoring the gaping holes, makes it difficult to suspend disbelief and fully dive into the tale. The ending makes everything even more difficult to swallow, as the story is written from Ashline's point of view but the final chapter is set in the future with her ancestor using her "published novels" (this trilogy) in order to best Colt for the last time. All in all, a great idea but disappointing in execution. Buy this one for fans of the first two books.—Saleena L. Davidson, South Brunswick Public Library, Monmouth Junction, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
2013-10-01
In the apocalyptic conclusion to this fantasy trilogy, a teenage goddess gets mad, rocks fall, and (almost) everyone dies. Ashline Wilde has left her new boyfriend, the Aztec god of night, to chase after her evil ex, Colt Halliday, the reincarnation of the trickster Kokopelli. Colt is plotting to meld Ash, her bad-seed older sister and her newly discovered younger sister back into the volcano goddess Pele. In order to do this, he still needs to find the means to defeat the Cloak, the other-dimensional entities who split Pele apart and stripped the deities of their memories. The whole bloated narrative is essentially one long chase, with Ash and her allies perpetually one step behind the villains and plenty of fireballs, explosions, lightning bolts and inevitable casualties piling up along the way. Ash has three basic modes--sarcastic, angry and really angry--but that still gives her more personality than any other character, so the frequent deaths and dropped plotlines aren't particularly upsetting. The mythological cast is commendably diverse; unfortunately, they are all so divorced from their cultural context that they might as well be mutants or aliens or wizards. While the main storyline does come to a satisfying conclusion, the nightmare-fueled epilogue tosses in an infuriating metafictional twist. Overstuffed, derivative and annoying. (Fantasy. 14 & up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442450394
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
11/12/2013
Series:
Wildefire Series , #3
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
254,264
Lexile:
1040L (what's this?)
File size:
4 MB
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Karsten Knight has been writing since the age of six, when he completed his first masterpiece: a picture book series about an adventurous worm. In the two decades that have followed, Karsten has worked as a proofreader, a bookseller, and a college admissions counselor before he finally decided that his true calling was to be a volcano goddess biographer. He lives in Boston, and for more information or to watch his video blog, visit KarstenKnightBooks.com.

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Afterglow 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting take on the gods of mythology. I really enjoyed this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best in the series and a great ending
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pagese More than 1 year ago
One thing I remember specifically thinking the first book in the series was lacking was information. You know the back story. I understood that Ashline couldn't remember her previous lives, so in all honesty is made sense that we don't get the story. It just bugged me a little. In this book we get it all. And I loved every minute of it. Ashline seems to get all her memories back in this book. We finally get to see when she first meets Colt and what caused the the whole disruption. I was curious as to what could have occurred that would lead to the idea that the best possible course of action was to rip Pele into three separate identities. I almost would have liked to read the other God's side of the story because Pele was definitely interesting. Through all this information, I was surprised that I could dislike Colt even more. He's a special kind of delusional, never once taking into consideration that Pele did not want to put back together. He's playing everyone though and something's got to give. For a good portion of this book, I was afraid that Colt might actually be able to put Pele back together. I didn't want that to happen because I kind of like them separate. He's able to accomplish way to many of his tasks with ease. In the end, I wasn't sure that anybody could stop him. His abilities stack the odds against those who wish to defy his wishes. The story really pushes the limits on good vs evil. But I loved the ending!
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