I finished it last night and I must say I LOVED it. Each book just keeps getting better and better. I enjoy how much more in depth we can get with the main characters as they are already established in the series.
Sooo what did I like the most? In no particular order:
The ending with the swords! That was a twist I hadn't expected and the part with Gilgamesh quoting the codex while touching the swords gave me goosebumps.
Gilgamesh all around was one of my favorite new characters. I thought he was written beautifully and I cried along with Sophie when he gave her the journal page to help him remember her when next they met. When Gilgamesh was training the twins in water magic I believe it was Nicolas (I don't have my book in front of me) who said that his last student flooded the world. Hmmm lots of food for thought there.
Living in the San Francisco Bay Area, the vision of Mastodons and Saber Tooth Cats on Mount Tam (as we call it here) is fabulous. I know we haven't heard the last of Joan and Scatty. What a twist that was for them to end up there! I know that the battle between Perry, Scatty, Joan and Nicolas and Billy would have been spectactular but I really liked the way this ended as well. The idea that she escaped the Island though such a simple ruse after all that time was wonderful.
Ohhhh and speaking of the escape... How about the three faces of the Crow Goddess? Her sisters speaking from her body. I can't wait to see where that goes. The different eye color as a way to differentiate between them was great.
I loved the Shakespeare character and the way he used his aura with his imagination to bring about all of those animals during that fight was really interesting. I am a big Shakespeare geek in general so I really liked every minute of his presence in the book.
Did I imagine this (as I said I don't have my book in front of me) or did John Dee mention having a son named Nicolas who died?.... Could he be so convinced that the Dark Elders would bring about paradise because of that loss? Was he named after the Alchemyst?
Let's see what else? Sophie... I thought it was interesting in the first book when the Witch mentioned that she wouldn't see Scatty again even though she would survive that encounter with Dee. Could that be because she would disappear as her memories shaped Sophie more and more? Who came out there at the end when she was wielding that blade? Sophie or the Witch? The Gabriel Hounds said she stunk of the Witch...
Perry is definitely one of the my favorite characters and has been from the start, so I am really happy to have gotten to know her better in this book.
I truly enjoyed how this book ended as well as all of the new characters/directions that were opened up for exploration in the next book.
I could go on and on and I am sure I will when I read the book again and I have it in front of me to post, lol.