by Emi Gayle
Series: The 19th Year #3
Mac Thorne’s time as a Changeling is coming to an end. It may have taken eighteen years, but Mac did finally manage to do what the Council wanted: she chose a teacher and renounced the in-between. There’s just one last step. She must say goodbye to her human. Forever. After being challenged in every way possible, Mac leaves what she thought would be the easiest task for the last possible moment. As midnight on July fourth draws near, though, she hasn’t found a way to give up Winn Thomas. Nor does she want to. With time running out, Mac stands at a literal crossroads. Choose Winn, and she’ll be stripped of the only family she’s ever known — vampires, dragons, and her favorite demon. Even her own mother. Accept her position on the Council and rule as an equal to her twelve peers, and she’ll forget Winn ever existed. Independence and freedom have never before been so limiting. In this final chapter of the 19th Year Trilogy, it’s time for Mac to decide. Responsibility? Or Love?
Darkest Day is the last book in the Nineteenth Year Trilogy. Emi Gayle moves us towards the moment when Mac Thorne a changeling must choose her permanent supernatural form and takes her place on the Council. I was worried about how I was going to get my HEA or if there would even be one. Ms. Gayle wrapped this trilogy up and left me with a smile. Mini-review: twists, turns and trials, and a side of romance made this exciting ending.
Mac is quickly approaching her birthday and the time of choosing. Winn a human is her advisor and the boy whom she loves and will lose once she decides her fate. The council deems his memories of her will be taken. If she doesn’t take her place along with the other 12 council members she could change the fate of their world. Decisions. Decisions. Decisions. Could you choose your true form at nineteen? Give up the boy you love? The tale that unfolds is an emotional one that kept me on edge.
From the beginning, I have enjoyed Mac. She is strong, opinionated and doesn’t bow to the will of the council. She questions everything. Heck, in the beginning, she didn’t even like humans. We have seen so much growth in her and in this final book we see her suffer, mature and define herself. Winn despite his love for Mac and his own struggles has tried to be a good advisor. He has always known he must sacrifice his memories for the greater good and it pains him. Suze the demon charged with protecting Mac is a hoot as always. He is one of my favorite characters. The council and Mac’s human friends create obstacles, assist and propel the tale towards its outcome.
Darkest Day offered excellent closure to a fast-paced, well-spun tale that I thoroughly enjoyed. Told in dual perspective, Winn and Mac bring us right into the thick of things and ratchet up the tension. We suffer a loss and enjoy moments of laughter in this final episode. Gayle weaved in drama, deceit, life lessons and growth as we approached Mac’s birthday. Along with the suffering, she wove in a message for teens, and it was powerful and well executed. As we moved towards Mac’s birthday things began to click into place, and I began to hope for Mac to have her cake and eat it too. The ending was cleverly done and felt natural. I closed the book and the trilogy with a satisfied smile and happy heart.
Darkest Days offered an exciting end to the Nineteenth Year trilogy. It is a series I recommend to fans of paranormal romance, suspense, humor and fleshed out characters. I am looking forward to Gayle’s next series.
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