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Series: Ondine #4
Published by Ebony McKenna on August 15, 2015
Genres: Young Adult
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The fourth and final part of this captivating young adult series combines folklore, fantasy and romance, with quirky fun and dramatic adventure. Mutating magic is everywhere, with ‘normals’ now possessing superpowers. With a dark army gathering strength and the cunning Lord Vincent plotting to seize control of the country of Brugel, it’s up to Ondine and her beloved boyfriend Hamish to expose the truth.
Chiffon and sequins collide during a pop song contest and last-chance debutante ball that distracts the population from impending danger. These events mask Vincent’s devious plan, which will change the fate of nations and see the spine-chilling return of an old nemesis.
Amongst the turmoil Ondine discovers that Hamish has been hiding a disturbing secret, which could end their relationship forever. In her darkest hour, Ondine must put aside her selfish needs to lead the people of Brugel in a revolt against the tyrannical forces threatening her family - and democracy itself. As she fights to save those she loves, Ondine grapples with her identity and place in the world. Has she really got what it takes to be a witch… and can magic alone overcome adversity?
Author Ebony McKenna will charm readers with her wit and spirited style in this explosive conclusion to the ONDINE series. In this climactic and emotional outing, fans will discover stunning revelations that unlock the hidden truths spread throughout the four-book saga.
Three seasons have now passed in the land of Brugel – the awakening Summer, the fish-raining Autumn, and the darkness of Winter. Now, Ondine, Hamish and the crew are back in The Spring Revolution. This is book 4 in the Ondine series, and I have to tell you all….I am going to miss my visits to Brugel!!
Having travelled a bit in Eastern Europe, I had such a vivid picture in my mind as to how I believed this delightfully bonkers country looked. Ebony can correct me if I am wrong, but I see Brugel as the love child of an improbable romance between Latvia, Poland and Luxembourg.
Here is what I thought of the final Ondine story, The Spring Revolution:
I’m not going to whip out the spoilerish paint brush for this one – because it is still pretty new.
Ondine is still that wonderfully imaginative, brave girl from the first three books, who leaps in places and situations unknown with her whole heart and being. Her relationship with the charming, cheeky Hamish continues on its ever-interesting path, growing together while being stretched apart. I adored how former characters are re-introduced (watch out for a particularly villainous unit – let’s face it, there’s a few of those), new ones are delivered (actual delivery involved!!) and how the mix of humour, intrigue, and perfect pacing continue from the earlier books.
Knowing the author’s epic love for Eurovision, I loved the scenes set in and around the PopEuroTube contest – both reminiscent of the glitz, tizz and sparkles of our favourite European songfest, and perfect for some deeply pivotal scenes in The Spring Revolution.
There is just something so engaging and enthralling about Ebony McKenna’s voice throughout this series, and I cannot wait to see what she is going to deliver next.
Goodbye, Brugel! It was so much fun!