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In the third book of her brilliant and captivating Trickster Trilogy, Eden Robinson delivers an explosive, surprising and satisfying resolution.

All Jared Martin had ever wanted was to be normal, which was already hard enough when he had to cope with Maggie, his hard-partying, gun-toting, literal witch of a mother, Indigenous teen life, and his own addictions. When he wakes up naked, dangerously dehydrated and confused in the basement of his mom's old house in Kitimat, some of the people he loves - the ones who don't see the magic he attracts - just think he fell off the wagon after a tough year of sobriety. The truth for Jared is so much worse. 

He finally knows for sure that he is the only one of his bio dad Wee'git's 535 children who is a Trickster, too, a shape-shifter with a free pass to other dimensions. Sarah, his ex, is happy he's a magical being, but everyone else he loves is either pissed with him, or in mortal danger from the dark forces he's accidentally unleashed, or both. The scariest of those dark forces is his Aunt Georgina, a maniacal ogress hungry for his power, who has sent her posse of flesh-eating coy-wolves to track him down. 

Even though his mother resents like hell that Jared has taken after his dad, she is also determined that no one is going to hurt her son. For Maggie it's simple - Kill or be killed, bucko. Soon Jared is at the centre of an all-out war - a horrifying place to be for the universe's sweetest Trickster, whose first instinct is not mischief and mind games but to make the world a kinder, safer, place.

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phew!

I really enjoyed this. if you love graphic visuals, vividly written you'll love this.

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Ended not with a bang, but with Aunt Irma

To start, changing the narrator on the last book was jarring. I had restart it several times to get used to a different voice. Even then, this narrator was quite monotonal and characters sounded a lot alike, compounded by how there were a ton more characters. She probably didn't have a lot of time to find a voice for each.
Looking at the trilogy as a whole, Jared is a weak protagonist, which was fine in the first two books, but he just gets worse in the third. I really don't want to read about a guy who does nothing with no agency. She drains his powers, gags him, and effectively makes him menstrate on top of it. Everything interesting happening was with other characters elsewhere while we were stuck babysitting.
Then these last two books were rittled with so much pop sci-fi fandom. I am a fan of such series, but I don't want to read a book about blog posts on them. I wouldn't have been surprised if she wrote in William Shatner advertising Tang.
The series was a good idea, the plot was good when not buried under the sniveling and nerdgasms. And then the ending, while the fight was satisfying, then the epilogue just tells you everything we should've seen. Even though the ending was a little vague, I liked Monkey Beach a lot more

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As good as the first two

It wraps everything up nicely. but they changed narrators, and it really lessened the rread for me. the new narrator is good, but not as good as the one for the first 2 books.

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Best book in the series

ABSOLUTELY wonderful 👏 ❤ 😊 Very impressive writing and growth throughout the series. I am sad that it is over. This was my favourite book in the series and that's saying a lot. Eden Robinson does not disappoint and will forever be one of my favourites. Thank you Eden 😊

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  • 2021-05-13

amazing series, full of magic

I loved all of the characters and their complexities, great 3rd part to the series.

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Fantastical dreamy terrible tale

I loved this series - being from this area and relating to the places and the history, but also the current events and the struggles of now, all woven with magic and other dimensions... it was so wonderful to lose myself in this story! The characters were tragic and imperfect and I loved them all. I loved this reader although she was a bit monotone making the characters a little hard to keep separated, but she was still great. Thank you, Eden Robinson, for this wonderful, terrible, winding trilogy! ... Raven Woman

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thank you Eden!

I was waiting for the 3rd part of the trickster trilogy. it was fantastic, and what a super ending.

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witty and smart and fun

the way the author makes the characters so alive with their speech and thoughts is wonderful and fresh. you never know where this book is going next. such a good read.

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  • 2021-03-25

More Disappointing than being Handed a Flat Beer

The novel is less funny then both previous entries, and is much darker. There is a scene where someone is tortured early on in the book. It was reminiscent of something you would find in a Grim Dark Fantasy, like a scene from Joe Abercrombie’s First Law series. I’m a fan of Abercrombie, but I felt that a scene like that felt out of place here. I was expecting more of the fun nerdy scenes that I had come to enjoy.

I was disappointed in the ending; it took a long time to build up and then it finished very abruptly, and in an unsatisfying way. The epilogue essentially provided a sentence or two on what each character did for the rest of their lives, and what was revealed wasn’t funny or exciting; it felt rushed.

Narrator Kaniehtiio Horn had a difficult task of improving upon Jason Ryll’s work; she fell short. She often sounded bored and didn’t inject the characters with life.

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A Great Conclusion

I have been waiting for this book since I picked up Book 1 how many years ago!? So worth the wait! This book is definitely the darkest of the three, but so satisfying in the conclusion. It was still full of snark and humour and Jared and his mother continued to be my favourite relationship to read about.

This book was interesting to because we got more perspectives to read about other than Jared's.

One thing that did kind of throw me off was there was a new narrator for book 3. Not sure why they changed it up and I was disappointed at first because I thought Jason Ryll was perfect as the voice of Jared, but when I got over that the current narrator was pretty good as well.