Warning: Contains Spoilers!
‘It just weren’t meant to be – the fates were ranged against us from the start.’
Aufwader’s Thoughts: All right, maybe there’s a point being made here. Maybe by merging fact and fiction, we in some way help to contain the horrors of the past, and to make them digestible for young minds. An admirable aim for a children’s writer, and a commendable one, especially in this day and age.
As for the wartime romance, I take it all back. I wasn’t expecting to come over all weepy about this’un, but you’ve done it again, Robin. Jam and pancakes for you, and a round of applause.
Matt’s Thoughts: I’ve just gotten off my morning bus after reading this chapter and I must say, it’s put a cloud over the whole day. I actually had to pause for five minutes at the end of Chapter 23 to get over it before reading the epilogue.
The dispatching of Belial was suitably well orchestrated as was the final race to rescue Jean and Josh.
But my worst fears about where the finale were heading finally came true – Jean was destined to survive, but not to be with Angelo. (I’d be half curious to know whether her husband was actually alive and came back – in which case her life did take an upward turn. Or was she was hit with the double whammy of being widowed twice: losing her husband and Angelo? I could see Mr Jarvis writing both scenarios.)
Which is all to say, I thought it was a great finale, and I’m afraid that I’m going to miss Ted as much as Piccadilly or Oswald or Jack Potts or any of those great characters. (Though I’m still holding out hope that we’ll see some alternative reality with Witching Legacy where Jack and Cherry all come back again. But does life in a Jarvis novel, like real life itself, ever go where we expect it?)
The epilogue was nicely intriguing as well. There is a lot we don’t know about Edie or how she fits into things – which means I have very little idea of what to expect in the next two Wyrd Museum books – but if it’s as well put together as this book, I think it’s going to be amazing.