A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Key plot elements reinterpreted from classic fairy tales.
Crises have a way of bringing families together, and support from family and friends make the most arduous tasks more manageable. People have hidden layers that can surprise you. Deep hurts can be transformed into strengths. Children may have even more responsibility than adults to make the world a better place.
Positive Role Models
Teamwork is a key theme: One person's absence makes everyone else's work harder, and opponents' inability to work as a team is a weakness. Rory and her friends are steadfast and resolved to fighting for something bigger than themselves. Her family, often a cause of friction and irritation, comes through in a big way.
Violence & Scariness
Near-constant peril and frequent battle scenes with magical and fantastical creatures; children and families are targeted by the Snow Queen's forces. Several prominent characters die in violent circumstances. Child loses limbs and nearly dies.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Of Enemies and Endings is a satisfying conclusion to Shelby Bach's Ever Afters series, packed with nearly nonstop action and several intense battle scenes. There's a lot of backstory to follow: Newcomers to the series should start at the beginning. Both young and adult characters die, including some who sacrifice themselves to save others. Several young characters willingly take on very heavy burdens, and a few have their first kiss.
Is It Any Good?
The action-packed finale to Shelby Bach's four-part Ever Afters series is the strongest in the fun fairy tale series, rich with emotional complexity and maturing relationships. The young teens in OF ENEMIES AND ENDINGS are grappling with the pull of first romances and changing relations with parents and mentors -- all while trying to save the world from a despotic sorceress. A puzzle drives the plot this time: Rory has an idea of what it will be like to face the Snow Queen, but she needs to figure out how to defeat her overwhelming power.
Rory's relationships with her parents and teachers deepen considerably. She gains new insight about facets she's resented in the past, and her mother, particularly, sees her warrior daughter in a new light. Lots of action, a hefty dose of magic, and a splash of romance make this a winner for fans of the series.
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