Maggie Stiefvater – Blue Lily, Lily Blue Audiobooktext
After a second volume a little disappointing, Fusion raises the level well to conclude the saga of Maggie Stiefvater. A good note which I hope will continue in the volume, which I would say bonus, on Cole and Isabel. All in all, it’s a good read that gets the story to the end, although I regret the lengths in the treatment of the feelings of our heroes. The author did not necessarily need to spread more than that, while the first two volumes were full of details at this level.
We had left Grace after her transformation, and the upheaval it meant for all of her loved ones. We had been on the verge of losing her, and I couldn’t imagine what the story might have turned out if it had … the world would probably have fallen apart … I wasn’t necessarily very fan of the idea that our heroine in turn becomes a wolf, while Sam was in the process of healing. It was a bit of winning and then losing. But Maggie Stiefvater ultimately manages to make it logical and obvious. the already fused couple of Grace and Sam becomes even more so despite the obstacles. I really enjoyed seeing them interact, and push each other forward. They are the opposite but there is a really nice and adorable complementarity between them. I also found the couple from the first volume that I missed in Fièvre.
Grace is also back for me in Fusion. I suspect that the disease and especially the wolf in her made her character more aggressive, but still … I had a lot of trouble with the character in volume two. Here, it is the teenager who charmed me that I find. She is at the center of everything, and even if in the end we don’t see her much, she is the glue that binds all the protagonists. She and Cole are a great duo, and I loved seeing the respect the former star has for her. Besides Cole really interferes in everyone’s life and it’s a little happiness to see him make his place, especially since it seems to be successful for him. There are tensions, of course, but frankly it would not be “realistic” without it. Of course, he and Isabel spice up this third volume, also allowing the young woman to take a large part in the conclusion of the saga.
While Grace’s return was in itself something difficult to deal with, our heroes have other issues as well. Isabel’s father is still blinded by his vendetta, Shelby is still so disturbed, another death threatens the wolves’ future, and the lupine disease countdown is over. There is therefore a palpable tension throughout the volume. It is not oppressive, but we feel that our heroes are up against the wall and that decisions will have to be made. It turned out well, with allies taking center stage without making it too easy. There will be difficult times, you can’t cut it but at the same time, I found that the characters found themselves growing up, especially Sam who realizes that he needs to overcome his fears to be able to go forward.
Some found the ending too open, leaving our heroes hanging around. I can understand it. That’s one of the reasons I’m going to read The Wolf of LA because I’m hoping for a few watermarked answers. But if I don’t have one, frankly, I find that the author gives us all the same, and this on several occasions, a more than satisfactory answer, namely Cole St Clair always achieves his ends! And for me, that’s enough. The end is open, full of sweetness and melancholy, but for me, it is also full of hope and above all of a conclusion that suits me (if we count on Super Cole). So, a last volume which closes the saga well, while remaining in the atmosphere which I liked from the start, and which gives answers to a lot of questions.