Author: Aprilynne Pike
Release Date: May 1st, 2012
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Laurel now knows the truth: Yuki is a rare Winter faerie, the most powerful—and deadly—of all, and she is working with Klea to conquer and destroy Avalon. With Tamani, David, and Chelsea by her side, Laurel prepares for a fight she never thought she would have to face.
Filled with heart-pounding action, sweeping romance, and higher stakes at every turn, Destined is the series conclusion that readers have been clamoring for—with a twist that will leave them breathless.
Summary from Goodreads.com
Wow, we have been on quite a journey with Laurel and starting the last book was a bittersweet experience for me. I have to admit that I was not blown away with the last book, Illusions. I enjoyed it, but it did not love it. In the dedication of Destined Aprilynne talks about wanting to finish strong and thankfully that is exactly what she did. This final installment is by far my favorite in the series and I was so happy Aprilynne was able to finish out on a high note.
The ending of Illusions left us with quite a cliffhanger. We pick up with Laruel, Tamani, Chelsea and David right where we left them, guarding Yuki. We discovered that Yuki is a winter faerie working with Klea. Their end goal is the destruction of Avalon. Since the pair is looking to take over Avalon a battle that lasts for almost the entirety of the book ensues, making it nearly impossible to walk away from this story. So many lives are lost, many of them being characters we have come to love. It was tough to watch Laruel lose people she cares about, but unfortunately when there is a war lives are lost. Aprilynne does do a nice job of setting the scene for the battles and they were exciting to read. They take place all over Avalon and I was thrilled to see more of this mystical world, even if it was under such tragic circumstances. Avalon fascinates me and I always enjoy the story taking us there to explore it.
The love triangle is still going strong in Destined, but it becomes very clear as the book progresses that Laurel has made her decision. I cannot say whether I was happy or not about it, because I have been very vocal about being team Tamani, so any opinion I give on that will be a giveaway. I can tell you that while Laruel is struggling with her decision, it does take more of a back seat in this book due to the constant battle. I thought it was going to bother me, but I enjoyed all the action and events that were constantly moving the plot forward. It also made the private moments that Laruel got with the guys more precious.
In Illusions, Aprilynne gave us the opportunity to see inside Tamani’s head and was happy to see that occur again in Destined. He tries very hard to keep his emotions in check and because of this we do not always know what he is thinking. Thankfully, he gets quite a few chapters all to himself in this book and I relished being in his head again. Especially since there are quite a few events in Destined that rocked him to his core. He has quite a bit to deal with and if we did not get his point of view it would take away some of the substance of the story. His actions and thoughts add so much to the plot, keeping it intriguing and connecting us to him emotionally.
Chelsea and David also play vital roles in this book, David’s was especially interesting. I cannot say what it is, but wow, did not see that coming at all. Aprilynne ties in some familiar mythology that fits well into the world of Avalon. I was intrigued to see how it played out and how David would handle the repercussions of his decisions. It was an interesting twist that was incorporated into this world seamlessly and had me looking at David a little differently as well. It made me think “Maybe he can be good for Laruel and fit in her world.”
Overall, I think this series hit a bump in the middle with Spells, but Illiusions brought it back a little and Destined finished it out with a bang. I am so happy I stuck with this series to the end and reached the conclusion of Laurel’s story. I will forewarn you though, the book ends and then Aprilynne has an extra chapter. It was a very bittersweet read, but one that brought us into the future giving us an update on certain character’s lives. She does warn you that you might not be happy with it, but I had to know. I am not sure what Aprilynne has in store for us in the future, but I will be sure to keep an eye out for her books. If you have started this series at all, then you need to read Destined, it brings everything together and is a fantastic finale to this magical tale.