Night of the Dragon (Shadow of the Fox #3) by Julie Kagawa

Kitsune shapeshifter Yumeko has given up the final piece of the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers in order to save everyone she loves from imminent death. Now she and her ragtag band of companions must journey to the wild sea cliffs of Iwagoto in a desperate last-chance effort to stop the Master of Demons from calling upon the Great Kami dragon and making the wish that will plunge the empire into destruction and darkness.
Shadow clan assassin Kage Tatsumi has regained control of his body and agreed to a true deal with the devil—the demon inside him, Hakaimono. They will share his body and work with Yumeko and their companions to stop a madman and separate Hakaimono from Tatsumi and the cursed sword that had trapped the demon for nearly a millennium.
But even with their combined skills and powers, this most unlikely team of heroes knows the forces of evil may be impossible to overcome. And there is another player in the battle for the scroll, a player who has been watching, waiting for the right moment to pull strings that no one even realized existed…until now.

This book… this series… these characters… this ending… were all epic. I’d love to ramble and wax poetic, but I’m afraid if I did, I’d give something away. There were so many twists and turns. There were sweet moments, horrific moments and more heartbreaking moments that I should have expected, but didn’t.  There were surprising allies and a not so surprising growing list of enemies. Through it all, there was this “family” made up of Yumeko, Tatsumi, Reika, Okame and even Suki, who were there to support, love and honor each other. I loved them all… ❤

This mis-matched band of heroes gained an unexpected place in my heart that I didn’t see coming, even by the end of Shadow of the Fox, the first book in the series. I had no idea what I was in for when I started this series, but I’m so glad I picked it up. Julie Kagawa didn’t make it an easy series to read, especially this last book. I actually “yelled” at her more than once while reading and I’m not ashamed to admit that I could have read the last 20% of this book faster if I wasn’t slowed down by tears. I almost considered deducting at least a fraction of a star for the heartbreak that she put readers through, but I couldn’t. The ending just about broke me, but the epilogue helped me forgive her, maybe just a little.

Soul of the Sword (Shadow of the Fox #2) by Julie Kagawa

One thousand years ago, a wish was made to the Harbinger of Change and a sword of rage and lightning was forged. Kamigoroshi. The Godslayer. It had one task: to seal away the powerful demon Hakaimono.
Now he has broken free.

Kitsune shapeshifter Yumeko has one task: to take her piece of the ancient and powerful scroll to the Steel Feather temple in order to prevent the summoning of the Harbinger of Change, the great Kami Dragon who will grant one wish to whomever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers. But she has a new enemy now. The demon Hakaimono, who for centuries was trapped in a cursed sword, has escaped and possessed the boy she thought would protect her, Kage Tatsumi of the Shadow Clan.
Hakaimono has done the unthinkable and joined forces with the Master of Demons in order to break the curse of the sword and set himself free. To overthrow the empire and cover the land in darkness, they need one thing: the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers. As the paths of Yumeko and the possessed Tatsumi cross once again, the entire empire will be thrown into chaos.

The Shadow of the Fox ended with Yumeko and her companions in an unexpected and dangerous position. In other words, it ended with one heck of a cliff hanger. Soul of the Sword continued their journey to deliver the piece of the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers that Yumeko had been entrusted with to the Steel Feather temple. That’s no longer their only mission though. Yumeko can’t bring herself to give up on Tatsumi. She wants to save him and his soul from possession.

Soul of the Sword was an amazing followup to Shadow of the Fox. The POV switched between Hakaimono and Yumeko and a couple of other “voices” throughout the story. Connections were made with some of the side characters that were slightly vague in Shadow of the Fox. Yumeko learned a lot about herself and what she was capable of as well Tatsumi’s past during her travels. There weren’t quite as many “light” moments in Soul of the Sword, but there were just enough to break through a little bit of the darkness – which there was plenty.

I loved the way Soul of the Sword continued to weave the past and present and give even more dimension to all the characters. There was even an unexpected bit of romance that made me smile. Things are far from over for Yumeko and her companions. Decisions and unlikely alliances were made that changed the course of their mission and left them in even more danger. Needless to say, I can’t wait until the next book in the Shadow of the Fox is released.

Shadow of the Fox (Shadow of the Fox #1) by Julie Kagawa

One thousand years ago, the great Kami Dragon was summoned to grant a single terrible wish—and the land of Iwagoto was plunged into an age of darkness and chaos.
Now, for whoever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers, a new wish will be granted. A new age is about to dawn.
Raised by monks in the isolated Silent Winds temple, Yumeko has trained all her life to hide her yokai nature. Half kitsune, half human, her skill with illusion is matched only by her penchant for mischief. Until the day her home is burned to the ground, her adoptive family is brutally slain and she is forced to flee for her life with the temple’s greatest treasure—one part of the ancient scroll.
There are many who would claim the dragon’s wish for their own. Kage Tatsumi, a mysterious samurai of the Shadow Clan, is one such hunter, under orders to retrieve the scroll…at any cost. Fate brings Kage and Yumeko together. With a promise to lead him to the scroll, an uneasy alliance is formed, offering Yumeko her best hope for survival. But he seeks what she has hidden away, and her deception could ultimately tear them both apart.
With an army of demons at her heels and the unlikeliest of allies at her side, Yumeko’s secrets are more than a matter of life or death. They are the key to the fate of the world itself.

It’s been a while since I’ve picked up a series by Julie Kagawa. I practically devoured The Iron Fey series and I loved Blood of Eden. When I saw Shadow of the Fox, I didn’t hesitate. Once I started reading, it didn’t take me long to remember why I love this author’s world building so much.

My first love in the Fantasy genre is mythology, mainly because I loved it as a child. It’s familiar, but every author has the ability to put their own spin on it, so the stories are also fresh. Shadow of the Fox was centered around Japanese mythology, a first for me. I have to admit that it took me a little while to wrap my head around this unfamiliar world, but not too long.

There was a lot to take in, but I loved all the twists and turns. The POV switched between not only Tatsumi and Yumeko, but some unexpected characters were given a voice. I loved the magic and legends that were woven into the story. There was danger everywhere and both Tatsumi and Yumeko kept secrets from one another – which didn’t make things easier for either one of them.

I also loved the twists and turns and the unlikely alliances that were formed along their journey. Yumeko’s perspective on pretty much everything was the polar opposite of Tatsumi’s, which was both confusing and frustrating for the warrior.

There are a lot of reasons why I can’t wait until the next book in Shadow of the Fox is released. First and foremost is that, things take a major turn near the end and then… yeah, you’ll just have to read Shadow of the Fox to find out and then join me in waiting not so patiently for Soul of the Sword. *sigh*

The Forever Song (Blood of Eden #3) by Julie Kagawa


Allison Sekemoto once struggled with the question: human or monster?

With the death of her love, Zeke, she has her answer.


Allie will embrace her cold vampire side to hunt down and end Sarren, the psychopathic vampire who murdered Zeke. But the trail is bloody and long, and Sarren has left many surprises for Allie and her companions—her creator, Kanin, and her blood brother, Jackal. The trail is leading straight to the one place they must protect at any cost—the last vampire-free zone on Earth, Eden. And Sarren has one final, brutal shock in store for Allie.

In a ruined world where no life is sacred and former allies can turn on you in one heartbeat, Allie will face her darkest days. And if she succeeds, triumph is short-lived in the face of surviving forever alone.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1Every once in a while you run across a book that touches you in a way that you didn’t expect. I’m not talking about anything earth shattering or life altering. In the case of Forever Song it’s because it makes you feel more than you ever expected to. I remember putting down the Eternity Cure and wondering how things could get any worse for Allie. She had been through so much and she still had to keep going. The Epilogue in that book was jaw dropping, but with it came an ounce of hope… I should have known better. *sigh* The opening short dedication at the beginning of the book pretty much says it all. “…to my readers: Your tears feed my muse.” ~ for the record Ms. Kagawa – your Muse should be very well fed. *sigh*

Allie fought a lot in this book. She fought herself, Jackal Sarren and even Kanin. She was in a bad place in the beginning and it took a while for her to pull herself out of it. I wanted things for her that I didn’t think she would ever have and things she didn’t think she really deserved. Forever Song was a very hard book to read but so worth every tear (and there were more than a few) every frustrating moment and every sarcastic word that came out of Jackal’s mouth. (I actually kind of loved that guy… then I hated him… but then….)

As much as I would love to ramble and wax poetic about how amazing the end to this trilogy was, I’m going to stop before I give anything away. Just know that nothing is quite as it seems and things have to get a whole lot worse before they even come close to getting better and even then there’s a long way to go. Regardless, Forever Song brought this trilogy to a satisfying end. It was bittersweet but that’s okay. It may not have been a typical HEA, but that’s not what I expected. It ended with hope, which is more than Allie had when The Blood of Eden trilogy began.


The Iron Traitor (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #2) by Julie Kagawa

IronTraitorIn the real world, when you vanish into thin air for a week, people tend to notice.

After his unexpected journey into the lands of the fey, Ethan Chase just wants to get back to normal. Well, as “normal” as you can be when you see faeries every day of your life. Suddenly the former loner with the bad reputation has someone to try for-his girlfriend, Kenzie. Never mind that he’s forbidden to see her again.

But when your name is Ethan Chase and your sister is one of the most powerful faeries in the Nevernever, “normal” simply isn’t to be. For Ethan’s nephew, Keirran, is missing, and may be on the verge of doing something unthinkable in the name of saving his own love. Something that will fracture the human and faery worlds forever, and give rise to the dangerous fey known as the Forgotten. As Ethan’s and Keirran’s fates entwine and Keirran slips further into darkness, Ethan’s next choice may decide the fate of them all.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1Okay, I’ve gotta be honest here. I finished this book over 2 weeks ago. I really can’t remember the last time it took me this long to write a review. Sometimes I’ve put off writing a review because I didn’t enjoy a book and I want to make sure I write an honest review without insulting anyone in the process. Granted, those are hard reviews to write. That, however, has nothing to do with my hesitation toward writing this review. No, this stalling was simply because I’m still reeling from everything that happened in this book – plain and simple.

I’ve been in love with this world that Julie Kagawa created since I first read The Iron King over 2 years ago. The characters are strong, the world building is amazing and there is a balance between darkness and light that is constant. I was excited when I found out that the series would continue through The Call of the Forgotten with Ethan. So far, I have not been disappointed.

Ethan is so different than Meghan, at least where the Fey are concerned. Where Meghan’s legacy was totally wrapped within the Fey, Ethan’s goal was to live day to day without even encountering them while also trying to keep everyone he knew and loved safe. Two books into the second part of this series and he hasn’t come close to succeeding. There are too many people to protect, too many Fey in the world and he is in far too deep.

The stakes were so much higher in The Iron Traitor – Kenzie for one. Ethan was used to his parents avoiding the issue. Kenzie wouldn’t allow it. She knew what Ethan was up against and wouldn’t take no for an answer. I loved that about her, but it also broke my heart. Mainly because of why she fought so hard. Throw a suddenly over protective dad into the equation and a nephew with a death wish – because he felt he had nothing to live for and you kind of get a picture of exactly how intense this book actually was.

I really did like this book. I liked seeing Meghan and Ash. I loved the protectiveness that they both showed toward both Ethan and Keirran. I loved seeing both Puck and Grimalkin make an appearance with their wit and sarcasm. It’s just that everything that happened was so overwhelming. My heart was breaking for more than one character during the course of this book.

Keirran needed to save his true love. Ethan was torn between his need to escape, his need to protect and his sense of honor and the forces against all of them never stopped. Kenzie because of her life situation in general and Meghan and Ash because of fate. This was one book that didn’t slow down and was impossible to put aside once you started. I can tell you this, if you are not a fan of cliff hangers do not read this book until the third book n this series is closer to release. you can thank me later.

IronsProphecyBTW – if you haven’t read Iron’s Prophecy, you really need to pick it up. Preferably before you start the Call of the Forgotten series. It won’t give anything away, but it will enlighten you enough that you won’t be in the dark as far as what exactly these characters are in for. As of the writing of this review it was still FREE.


The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden #2) by Julie Kagawa

EternityCureAllison Sekemoto has vowed to rescue her creator, Kanin, who is being held hostage and tortured by the psychotic vampire Sarren. The call of blood leads her back to the beginning—New Covington and the Fringe, and a vampire prince who wants her dead yet may become her wary ally.

Even as Allie faces shocking revelations and heartbreak like she’s never known, a new strain of the Red Lung virus that decimated humanity is rising to threaten human and vampire alike.

I had forgotten just how dark and dangerous this new world Julie Kagawa created was. That’s not a criticism. It’s beautifully dark and dangerous. It’s a world in stark contrast to Kagawa’s Iron Fey world. There was always danger lurking in Faery, but it was surrounded by beauty and sometimes even masked by it. Danger isn’t masked in Allison’s world. For the most part it’s front and center or breathing down her neck. The light that shines through in the Blood of Eden series comes directly from the characters.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1Some time has passed when The Eternity Cure opens, but not much has happened. Allie is still following the pull that she feels coming from Kanin. She has one goal, and that’s to save him. The road blocks she finds along the way are a lot more than she bargained for.

I’ve stalled on writing this review several times. The main reason is because I don’t want to spoil any of this book for anyone. There are things that happen on Allie’s quest as well as people she meets that totally took me by surprise (at least by the reason and circumstances that she met them.) I just knew that I would have a hard time doing this book justice and not just spill the beans and let everyone know exactly how amazing it was and why. It was jaw dropping, and there were tears and parts of it made me angry and then, when you finally thought that things were going to be okay… it really wasn’t. And then…. *sigh*

I know that doesn’t help and you still have a lot of questions, and I’ve probably confused you more than I’ve convinced you to read this book, but you need to. You really, really do. The characters are amazing. The bad guys are so bad you’ll want to destroy them yourself. There are so many twists and turns and moments that change absolutely everything it’s impossible to not get sucked in. By the end you will find a whole new reason to say ‘authors are evil’ but it won’t stop you from begging for the next book.

So, did I like The Eternity Cure? Absolutely! If you haven’t started the series yet, you need to pick up The Immortal Rules. Just don’t expect it to be anything like the Iron Fey, if you’re familiar with Julie Kagawa’s previous series. It really is just as amazing, only in a very different, but very good way.


The Lost Prince (The Call of the Forgotten #1) by Julie Kagawa

Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.

That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’d dare to fall for.

Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1Okay, honesty time here. I really wasn’t sure about The Call of the Forgotten series. It wasn’t because I don’t love the Iron Fey series. It wasn’t because I thought that Julie Kagawa didn’t have more story to tell where the Fey are concerned. I think it may have been simply because I couldn’t imagine going back into this amazing world without having Meghan, Puck and Ash front and center. Reading Iron’s Prophecy did little to change that opinion. I should have known better. It only took me one chapter to get pulled back into the world of the Fey through Ethan Chase’s perspective.

Ethan wasn’t living life, he was trying to survive it. He had no friends because he spent most of his time avoiding people so he wouldn’t have to worry about dragging anyone else into his crazy existence. It was impossible not to sympathize with him almost immediately. Kenzie wasn’t really living life either, but for far different reasons. She saw through the ‘tough guy’ barrier that Ethan built around himself to keep people away. Putting these two together was both brilliant and …. well, you’ll have to read the book to find out what else it is.

Ethan has not only grown a lot since readers were introduced to him in the beginning of the Iron Fey series, he grows a lot in The Lost Prince too. His entire perspective changes and some of that wall inevitably crumbles.

There were lots of new characters introduced in The Lost Prince, but there were familiar faces too. Grimalkin was just as annoying as ever and served as Ethan and Kenzie’s guide. Readers were also reunited with Meghan and Ash and Puck made his grand entrance with his usual flare. The most notable new character introduced was of course Keirran. I wasn’t sure what to expect from him. I won’t say much more, just in case. (If you’ve read Iron’s Prophecy, you’ll understand.)

If you haven’t read the Iron Fey series from the beginning, don’t start with The Lost Prince. There is way too much back story revealed in The Iron King, The Iron Daughter, The Iron Queen and The Iron Knight to not treat yourself to them first. The only other recommendation that I have is to pick up Iron’s Prophecy before you pick up the first book in The Call of the Forgotten. You won’t be totally lost if you don’t, but you will be missing some key information that isn’t even revealed in The Lost Prince. Just a friendly suggestion. You can thank me later 😉

The Lost Prince didn’t exactly end in a cliff hanger, but there is definitely a lot more to come. As much as Ethan would love to leave the Fey behind, he’s way too involved by the end to turn his back on them now. September 2013 is such a long time to have to wait for The Traitor Son. *sigh*

Iron’s Prophecy (The Iron Fey #4.5) by Julie Kagawa

Meghan Chase is finally getting used to being the Iron Queen, ruler of the Iron Fey. Her life may be strange, but with former Winter prince Ash by her side at last, she wouldn’t have it any other way.

But when they travel to the Summer and Winter courts’ gathering for Elysium, the oracle from Meghan’s past returns with a dire prophecy: “What you carry will either unite the courts, or it will destroy them.” Now Meghan faces a devastating choice that may determine the future of all fey—and her and Ash’s unborn child… 

I’m so glad I picked up this novella before I started The Lost Prince. Not only is it a great little diversion back into the world of Ash, Meghan and Puck but it also gives you just enough background to get readers primed for the next part of the saga.

If you are a fan of The Iron Fey, this short read is a must. Once I started reading it, I was transported back into this wonderful world and I instantly remembered why I loved it so much. You won’t be lost if you skip this gem, but there are a few interesting secrets revealed in the Iron Prophecy that will shed some light on what Ethan is in for in The Lost Prince. Enjoy!

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

In a future world, Vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity.

Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten.

Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them. The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked—and given the ultimate choice. Die… or become one of the monsters.

Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad.

Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend—a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike.

But it isn’t easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what—and who—is worth dying for.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1I love getting ARCs, I really, really do. However, there are one or two major downfalls. Both are dependent on loving the book. If it is part of a series, I have MORE time in between books to wait than I would have if I waited until the actual release. The second is by getting the book through NetGalley I don’t have the physical book and the ebook expires. Have I mentioned that I am not only an eclectic reader, but a book hoarder? If it is a book I love I will be reading it again (and again and again…) And yes, if you hadn’t already guessed – The Immortal Rules falls into this category. It is a book that I will definitely need to purchase – soon!

The Immortal Rules is part of a new series titled Blood of Eden by Julie Kagawa. I knew going into this book that it was about Vampires but trust me, it’s not your run of the mill Vampire story. There may be Vampires in the world that Kagawa has created, but the book is much more than that. It’s dark, horrific, sad, violent, heartbreaking and packs a powerful message. In short, this book was an amazing read – period.

Allison has grown up in a world that is based on survival of the fittest. The Vampires are in charge of this new world and they aren’t the sparkly kind – not even close. Humans are a food source, plain and simple with a chosen few that are a little higher on the food chain. The cities have crumbled, society as we now know it doesn’t exist and the only person that Allison knows that she can depend on is herself. All Vampires are the enemy and they are all evil demons. Vampires are to be hated and no one hates them more than her. Imagine suddenly turning into the ‘thing’ that you hate the most. What better lesson in prejudice could there be? That’s just one of the things that makes The Immortal Rules so amazing.

Obviously her world is totally turned upside down. She’s given a choice, but it doesn’t make the outcome any easier. Once she is changed, her fight becomes something totally different. She is guided by Kanin, who on the surface isn’t a sweet and loving mentor. There’s a lot of mystery behind him that is only partially revealed. His character is very intriguing and becomes even more so as the story progresses.

The other characters that Allison meets along her journey are interesting as well. Even the characters that she only spends a short amount of time with help her grow and understand exactly who and what she has become. As a result of Allison’s growth, they grow too – at least the ones who survive. It was an amazing process and one that the reader couldn’t help but get caught up in. There’s a lot of prejudice in this book and a lot of suffering but there is also hope and self awareness. It’s something that you really need to read to understand.

The Immortal Rules doesn’t necessarily end in a cliff hanger, but there is no doubt that when you finish you will be ready for the next installment. Allison’s story is far from over. Her journey has just begun and I for one can’t wait to see where the next books take her. Evidently, early in Kawaga’s career, she promised herself that she wouldn’t write a Vampire novel. This particular reader is ecstatic that she ultimately changed her mind. 😉

Some other reviews and posts that you should check out.

Julie Kagawa’s personal explanation of Dystopian and Post-apocalyptic Fiction

Soulswallo’s Goodreads Review

Between the Pages Review

Parajunkee Review

The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

Ash, former prince of the Winter Court, gave up everything. His title, his home, even his vow of loyalty. All for a girl… and all for nothing.

Unless he can earn a soul.

To cold, emotionless faery prince Ash, love was a weakness for mortals and fools. His own love had died a horrible death, killing any gentler feelings the Winter prince might have had. Or so he thought.

Then Meghan Chase—a half human, half fey slip of a girl— smashed through his barricades, binding him to her irrevocably with his oath to be her knight. And when all of Faery nearly fell to the Iron fey, she severed their bond to save his life. Meghan is now the Iron Queen, ruler of a realm where no Winter or Summer fey can survive.

With the (unwelcome) company of his archrival, Summer Court prankster Puck, and the infuriating cait sith Grimalkin, Ash begins a journey he is bound to see through to its end— a quest to find a way to honor his solemn vow to stand by Meghan’s side.

To survive in the Iron realm, Ash must have a soul and a mortal body. But the tests he must face to earn these things are impossible. At least, no one has ever passed to tell the tale.

And then Ash learns something that changes everything. A truth that turns reality upside down, challenges his darkest beliefs and shows him that, sometimes, it takes more than courage to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Did you know that The Iron Fey series was meant to be a Trilogy? You do know that means that the books would have ended with The Iron Queen. Meghan Chase’s story arc was over, she was Iron Queen, end of story. Thank goodness Ash got to have the last word!

Iron King takes up where Iron Queen left off, leaving Ash to find a way to fulfill his promise to Meghan and give them their ‘happily ever after.’ Not a simple task when you’re dealing with the Nevernever, where nothing is as it seems and for every victory there is another obstacle. Also not very easy when there are so many internal battles that need to be settled.

Kagawa took this story through so many unexpected twists and turns that I found myself holding my breath at times waiting for the next twist to undo everything Ash was working toward. We learned a lot about Ash in The Iron King. Some things that were very hard for him to remember and for us to hear, but they needed to be brought out. Without that knowledge no one would have known the true Ash, including himself. He wasn’t the only one that Kagawa helped us to know better. Puck came full circle in The Iron Knight as well. He grew as a character and became so much more than the prankster of the Summer Court. He was still his snarky, reckless self and he still reminded Ash regularly that he was only there to make sure he didn’t screw up. What fun would a serious Puck be?

Yes, Iron Knight was sad at times. Ash had to face things he didn’t want to face and some things he never expected to face again. He fought an internal battle, but never gave up even when it would have been so easy to turn away. The journey he took in Iron Knight made him worthy in my mind of whatever decision he made and inevitably the journey took him to the only place it could.

I had put off reading Iron Knight because I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to these characters. After reading it, I’m still not ready to leave them behind, but Kagawa did a great job of bringing all the characters where they needed to be. I’m sure this is a series that I will go back to more than once.