Title: Beautiful Redemption (Caster Chronicles #4)
Author: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Publisher: Razorbill (Penguin)
Version Read: paperback (library)
Publication Date: October 25th, 2012
Categories: magic, paranormal, romance, witches, young-adult
Summary (Goodreads): Is death the end . . . or only the beginning?
Ethan Wate always dreamed of leaving the stifling Southern town of Gatlin.
But he never dreamt that finding love with Lena Duchannes would drive him away. Lena is a Caster girl whose supernatural powers unveiled a secretive and cursed side of Gatlin, so powerful it forced him to make a terrible sacrifice.
Now Ethan must find a way to return to Lena – and Gatlin – as she vows to do whatever it takes to get him back. Even if it means trusting old enemies or risking their loved ones’ lives.
Fantastic ending to the Caster Chronicles. As much as I didn’t want the series to end, I pretty much devoured Beautiful Redemption in a couple of sessions.
Beautiful Redemption picks up exactly where Beautiful Chaos left off. Ethan sacrificed himself to save Lena and everybody else, and to put the balance back in the worlds. Turns out though, that this particular piece of fate was never really supposed to happen. Someone naughty has been messing with the Caster Chronicles and changed things to suit themselves.
The freaky people that are in charge of the Keepers are back in this novel, and one in particular plays a very major role. It doesn’t help Ethan and Lena that he is a very bad man. Power-hungry and desperate to gain as much power as possible. There are a few other very freaky people in this book as well, including Xavier, a man who went against Angelus and suffered dearly for it, who ends up helping Ethan. About which I will say no more, incase you haven’t read it yet.
I loved loved loved the way the ‘other side’ was described. Like the cemetery was it’s own little neighbourhood. Ethan is a fun character to have as the narrator because he is fairly observant and picks up on things that are a bit different or unusual that catch his eye. It makes for the interesting descriptions and really good world-building that this series has. Lena’s point-of-view was good. She’s somewhat more of a deep thinker than Ethan, and it was interesting being inside her head, watching the goes on from her point-of-view. You felt her frustrations and her triumphs, and it made her a more three-dimensional character. Not to mention the girl has a good handle on sarcasm.
A lot of things were explained in Beautiful Redemption – such as the consequences of Amma’s going off the deep in in Beautiful Chaos, Abraham’s plans for the world and a few other major things. Most everything was wrapped up nicely and there wasn’t too many unanswered questions left when it ended. The ending of the book was beautiful. The whole last chapter was bittersweet but left everything nicely tied up for the characters to continue their lives out there in the book universe.