Author: Jana Oliver
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Published: August 02, 2012
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Foretold is the fourth and final book in The Demon Trappers series, and a very impressive conclusion at that. Having been reassured by Jana Oliver that this installment would be free of any messy endings, I just knew Foretold and I would get along nicely. And that, we did.
This book is, in my eyes, Beck’s book. The Southern Backwoods Boy becomes the star of this installment as the reader gets a look – a very deep and lingering look – into his not-so-spotless past. Without sounding a little Beck-obsessed (which I can’t deny that I am), I thoroughly relished uncovering the layers behind his personal story and getting to know him properly, warts and all. What a complicated character he is. He may have had the most hideous upbringing, be semi-literate, and (as Riley puts it) be a bit of a drama queen, but he is also the guy who owns a pet rabbit, who puts Riley before himself, and has managed to accomplish things despite his rocky childhood. In other words, I am a fan. Denver Beck is not a character that is easily forgotten.
Riley, on the other hand, has always had an unsteady relationship with me throughout this series. She is likeable (and I have always liked her) but at times some of her thoughts and actions have been incredibly maddening. Departing with the last book, however, I realised just how much she had changed for the better. Now that we have reached the final installment, Riley is the character I always hoped she would be; strong, smart and realistic. It was also a thrill to get to see her accept and act on her feelings for Beck. I know I have been rooting for these two since the beginning, and while the journey has been a torturous one, I am more than satisfied with the finish.
Although there is a large focus on Beck’s past during this book, there is also a supernatural battle brewing with Sartael and Lucifer at the heart of it. This, I felt, never really got much of a spotlight until the second half of the book. Ideally, I would have liked the two aspects – Becks’s past and the whole fiasco with Hell – to have been intertwined more fluidly. Though quite frankly, I was floating on cloud nine for most of this book, so it wasn’t too big of a deal in the end, but just something to note.
I feel like wrapping up this review is the final part of bidding farewell to this series. It’s been a rocky ride, but never a dull one, and I hope I can one day re-read these books from the beginning. If any of you have yet to pick up the first book, I cannot recommend this series enough. Although it requires some patience (ample loads of it at times), the end result is most definitely worth it.
Rating: 4 stars