This was a fantastic conclusion to the Collegium Chronicles. The slow lead up to understanding Mags’ past and his integration into the Heraldic society finally hits its climax and we are welcomed into a new age for Mags and his cohort. Getting a completely open look into his past let’s all the pieces of the puzzle that Lackey so painstakingly laid out fall into place.
We all have a past, and no matter how hard we run from it, it will come back to haunt us. It’s true that the past has shaped us and all of those wonderful clichés, and Lackey reminds us beautifully of this in Redoubt. Mags doesn’t remember his past, but it constantly reappears in his life to torture and harass himself and his friends. It’s a fact that both fascinated and frustrated me throughout the story – it was easy to understand that Mags’ biological family had some amount of importance, but that was it. I like to know things, so not knowing drove me a little crazy. So, it was wonderful to finally find out more about his family and past.
The challenges that Bear started facing with his familial issues really come to light in Changes. The conflict that starts to build in Intrigues is heightened and Lackey poignantly reminds us that family isn’t everything. I loved the contrast with Amily and Lydia’s families, they show exactly what unconditional love is all about. It’s a great reminder that blood isn’t everything and sometimes it is actually okay to say goodbye to family.
Intrigues returns us to the world of Mags’ and the building of the Heralds Collegium. Mags is finally settling in to his new life and his small group of friends. I love that he isn’t a popular kid, he has a select few with whom he is close, and that is enough. I’ve never understood the idea of quantity over quality with friends, and Lackey helps to drive this home. You only need a few people who really care about you, not an entourage of characters that just happen to be there.
Foundation was a really unique book in my eyes. Most books have a very specific plot line and journey through the chief protagonist’s life. Foundation, not so much. It’s almost like a huge introduction for the remaining three books in the series. Not that this is a bad thing. Of all of the Mercedes Lackey books I’ve had the pleasure of reading, it is Mags that I feel the most connected to. So much so that when I finished reading this series, I turned right around and started to read it again.
I have to admit that this is my least favourite of the Harry Potter books. Not that that is saying much, because this series is one of the best in the history of man. Or at least written history. In my opinion. Still, while I can read any of the other HP books in one day, I don’t get so completely absorbed into The Order of the Phoenix.
The changes that begun in the seventh season of Bones smoothly morph into a new dynamic and new relationships throughout the eighth season of Bones. Although there are many ups and downs, and honestly, who doesn’t like a roller coaster ride of emotions in a series? Booth and Brennan finally seem to settle into their relationship and parenthood.
This season changed the tone of Bones completely. This entirely different ‘feel’ is a welcome change, it shows that the writers and creators of the show do not remain stagnant in their creativity. Not only has Booth and Bones’ relationship completely changed, but she also becomes a mother. I love that, like everything else that Brennan does in the series, she doesn’t act purely conventionally when raising her young child. Nor does she acclimate into having a relationship with Booth steadily. But, these challenges and character quirks that we have all become so used to add humour and flavour to situations that would otherwise be quite disturbing and droll.
This is the season of chasing. Brennan chases Booth as Booth pursues his relationship with Hannah. It is also about Booth chasing the anti-Booth, the main villain within this story. And, as with all good stories, the chase is the journey, but there are some great and fascinating conclusions to these races of the heart. I spent most of season six on the edge of my seat, waiting to see what would come next, and obstinately holding my breath.
This is my least favourite season of Bones to date. It is still brilliant, full of great science and engaging plot lines, but it is just lacking that extra thing that the other seasons seem to have. Although, the story did slowly build until the stunning season finale. It is this climax of the season that helps to redeem the series in my eyes. A heart pluckingly beautiful season finale that is full of a heartfelt farewell with things left unspoken and words left unsaid.