Reviewed by Quartermaster Alyx
Title: The Violet Keystone (Seventh Tower Series, Book 6)
Author: Garth Nix
Page Count: 233 pages
Grade Reading Level: 3rd-5th Grade
Summary: Tal wakes up to find himself trapped in the Hall of Nightmares, but thankfully not for long. He escapes and runs right into Crow. Crow claims that he has changed and Tal decides to give him a second chance and together they climb up a trash shoot to the top of the castle.
Milla continues to fight her way up through the castle and finds herself and her companions trapped in a room surrounded by opponents. Her enemy’s look like they are going to overcome them but with her half of the violet keystone Milla is able to summon a wave of strong light magic that forces them back. Tragically, Milla made the wave too strong and they have to dodge and escape it or they would be the next to die. After much effort they leave behind the wave and venture forth, finding Tal’s mother and Ebbitt, who comes up with a creative way to get to the top of the castle. Ebbitt has found a way to use steam to propel them up the castle so they don’t have to fight their way there. Milla, Ebbitt, Mallen, and Jarek take the steam up and are deposited at the last floor of the castle and much to their surprise find Tal and Crow.
Together again, Tal and Milla (with their companions) hunt down Sushin and while battling him find out that Sharrakor has taken over Sushin’s body and can’t be killed. They have no choice but to drag Sharrakor to Aenir and they continue the battle there. After a long fight, Milla and Tal are able to defeat Sharrakor and with him gone the castle, and the rest of the world, is safe.
Why I stared reading:
I enjoyed all the previous books in the series so I had to read the last one.
- Tied the series up very well. All the questions I had were answered by the end.
- It had a happy ending. Everything ended up alright for the main characters. It might not have been the life that they planned for themselves but I think that Tal and Milla both ended up where they were meant to.
- All of the battle scenes were amazing.
- I was sad to see the Storm Shepherds leave; they helped Tal and Milla so much that if I were them I would find it almost imposable to let them go. Even more though, I was sad to see Milla go back to the ice, I expected her to stay with Tal.
- There was no character development in this book. We didn’t learn anything new that wasn’t mentioned in the previous books about Tal or Milla besides there end fate.
Rating: 4.5 Treasure Chests
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