Unbreakable – Unblemished trilogy #3
reviewed by bookwolf4
Eliyana Ember is stranded in a foreign country in the Third Reflection with no passport, the inability to mirrorwalk, and zero clue where the nearest Thresholds back into the Fourth or Second might lie. Her mind is a haze, her memories vague. She knows a wormhole from the Fourth sent her here. She remembers her mom and baby brother Evan. Makai and Stormy and Joshua . . .
Deep down El realizes she must end the Void once and for all. Is there a way to trap the darkness within its current vessel, kill it off completely? To do so would mean sacrificing another soul—the soul of a man Joshua claims is a traitor. But he’s lied to her before, and even El senses Joshua can’t be fully trusted, but one thing is certain . . .
The Void must be annihilated. And only the Verity—the light which birthed the darkness—can put an end to that which seeks to kill and destroy.
“A cringe dominates my insides again, but this time it’s from my own stupid bias. By now I should’ve learned not to judge people based on appearances. My disheveled mien doesn’t seem to faze her, let alone the mirrormark spiralling up the right side of my face like fraying scarlet threads. She sees me as human, equal. A rarity in this Reflection or the next.”
Unbreakable is a satisfactory conclusion to an amazing trilogy. One of my favourite aspects from this trilogy was the complexity of the story line and all the plot twists. Unbreakable did not disappoint. However, for the most part this book was fairly slow going, and took me a while to get through it. If you have read the first two, then you have to read the third one just to get answers, but it was a bit disappointing after the awesomeness that was Unblemished and Unraveling.
Another thing is that in Unbreakable, the character development really slows down, almost stops. But the themes and morals are a lot more defined, such as not judging people, knowing when you need help, and learning to accept yourself the way you are.
Overall I would have to say that Unbreakable was alright, despite a few loose ends and some slow parts in the middle. I would recommend it, but only if you have read the first two books.
Moderate – Some non-sexual nudity. Mentions of a man who was married and had two mistresses. A lot of interest between two characters, but nothing dirty. Some romantic tension between El and her two love interests. Some innuendo.
Violence & Gore
Moderate – A character dislocates their shoulder, and it has to be put back into place by another character.
Profanity & Insults
Moderate – Idiot x2, flipping x2, Verity’s sake x2, bloody x2, crud x2, Crowe x1, stupid x1, for the love of Infinity x1, calm the Void down x1, one character says ‘I’m kind of a bad A. And A isn’t for apple, wink, wink.’
Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking
Very mild – There is a potion that two characters drink, and it has an effect on their minds.
Frightening & Intense Scenes
Mild – This book was a lot slower paced than the other two books in the series, and there is not a whole lot of tension.
Unbreakable is a clean fantasy, but is not explicitly Christian. There is no divine force or God-figure, there is no one for the characters to call on for help to keep back the void. It is very centred on saving yourself, and the characters rely on themselves to hold back the darkness. Another huge part of the book is that ‘true love’, in this context romantic love, is stronger than anything else, even evil itself.
There are a lot of pop culture references throughout the whole series, which may bother some.