End of Days: Penryn & the End of Days, Book 3

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Michael Berry, Common Sense Media
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Action-packed final showdown against killer angels.

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Educational Value

Set in the San Francisco Bay Area, End of Days takes a fairly realistic approach to the locale's geography and history and features scenes in Silicon Valley and on the Golden Gate Bridge. The traditional mythologies of angels are explored a bit, but the characters and situations quickly deviate from anything found in the Bible.

Positive Messages

Loyalty to family and friends is essential. Leadership comes in many styles. Humanity has the ability to fight back in the face of adversity and prevail against harsh odds.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Penryn doesn't believe herself to be a leader, but she has the resourcefulness and bravery that make others look to her for guidance. In the face of overwhelming odds, she finds the mental and physical reserves to push ahead and fight back. Although terribly damaged by circumstances beyond their control, her mother and sister also demonstrate that they're capable of empathy and heroism.


There's lots of hacking and slashing with swords and scorpion-like tails as Penryn and Raffe face off against angels, demons, and killer locusts. Battle scenes, especially the one at the novel's climax, are bloody and result in the deaths of many innocent bystanders. Penryn's sister has been turned into a cannibalistic monster, but the young girl fights against her new appetites.


Penryn and Raffe are now a romantic couple and share a handful of intense embraces when they have the chance.


"Hell," "damn," "ass," "pissed," and "screwed" each are used a time or two.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that End of Days is the final volume in the trilogy begun in Angelfall and continued in World After. Set after angels have decimated the San Francisco Bay Area's mortal population, the new book features intense action scenes as Penryn and Raffe face off against angels, demons, and killer locusts. Heroes, villains, and innocent bystanders are grievously wounded or killed. There's not much time for romance, but Penryn and Raffe express their affection for each other and share a handful of steamy embraces.

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What's the story?

The third installment of a trilogy, END OF DAYS opens with Penryn and Raffe on the run from the angels, desperate to find the doctor who can reattach Raffe's severed wings. Their search leads them to new dangers, including a trip to "the Pit," where demonic monsters dwell. While Penryn struggles to protect her little sister, Paige, who has been transformed into a half-human cannibal, she also must figure out how to save the humans who've survived the destruction of the Bay Area. Unsure whether she can trust Raffe, Penryn must prepare herself for the ultimate showdown on the Golden Gate Bridge.

Is it any good?

Full of well-choreographed action, violence, and suspense, this volume brings the trilogy to a slam-bang conclusion. It also reveals new secrets about the main characters, their loved ones, and their angelic antagonists. In the face of an approaching Doomsday, Penryn and Raffe race from one bad situation to another. Sometimes the heat-of-battle banter is a little too arch to be believable, but author Susan Ee maintains the character chemistry her fans have come to expect. The final showdown is an exercise in narrative excess, but it's likely to leave readers cheering and eager for more.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why postapocalyptic fiction is so popular right now. Why do stories about the end of the world capture the imaginations of readers and moviegoers?

  • Which religions feature angels and demons in their mythologies? Why are stories about them so potent?

  • What makes a good leader? Which qualities do good leaders have, and how do they change their behaviors to accomplish their goals?

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