Romance buffs will have the grand, sweep-y, star-crossed-lovers ending they're looking for, while fantasy fans will walk away feeling jilted by the storytelling. Both sisters, Tella and Scarlett, have their huge obstacles to love: kidnapping, temporary death, other possessive suitors, and the whole kingdom falling down around them, to name a few. Oh, and Leg/book-reviews/caravalend, as an immortal, actually cannot love. That's a big one, repeated almost like a mantra to the reader. How can it ever work out between Tella and Legend? It's a nail-biter until the end. Live it up, romance fans.
Fantasy fans will notice some big cracks in the foundation, however. Author Stephanie Garber, writing her first series, has some great supernatural baddie characters but has no idea how to introduce them. We're just told how bad they are and how they're tied to the main bad guy with the least effective bad guy name, the Fallen Star. When (better-named) Poisoner strikes for the first time, readers should see it happen, not see his victims after and just hear rumors. The Assassin should get a really flashy intro as well, just because he's called the Assassin. Come on. The magical objects are also poorly introduced, and their secrets feel more like an afterthought than a revelation. A magical map that talks should always be presented with flair (see the Wesley twins in Harry Potter). Jacks just hands it over almost apologetically. Also, if you spend chapters and energy attaining a magic object -- in this case, a book -- and say you're using it to defeat the bad guy, actually use it to defeat the bad guy, or don't include it at all. It'd be better to skip back to the romance, since that seems to be working better for Finale anyway.