This was a great ending to a good series! The plot was exciting and the ending was just amazingly emotional, the world-building was fantastic (need to live in Antarctica), and the characters have developed a lot throughout the series. I also enjoyed the writing, despite the one flaw, and the cover was pretty amazing!
Champion picks up nearly a year after the events in Prodigy. The Republic and Colonies are attempting to sign a peace treaty but that all ends when the Colonies blame the Republic for a spreading virus. They demand the cure or there will be no treaty. Meanwhile, Day is undergoing treatment for his illness while trying to protect his brother and June is shadowing Anden as a Princeps-Elect, but she may not be cut out for the job.
“It hurts every day, the absence of someone who was once there.”
Though slow at first, the story really picks up and I had a difficult time putting it down; I was incredibly excited to find out how this series was going to end! I enjoyed the ending and how everything wraps up very nicely; there weren’t any loose ends. I wasn’t able to predict the actual ending but I did come close. I figured in a series like this one everything would end up turning out okay and it does, sort of. I don’t want to give the actual ending away, so I will just say I enjoyed it and being able to see the characters ten years later was interesting. I almost wished it would have ended slightly differently to have more of an impact on me.
After finishing the book, I realize how much more I enjoyed it than I thought I would. I loved the entire premise of the series and thought everything was well constructed, complex, and believable. This is a great ending to a good series.
I didn’t think there would be much left to explore in this novel and that was the case for most of it, but then we get to visit Antartica. It was so incredible. I thought “this is where I would want to be if I lived in this world”. All I’m going to mention for this is that they live in augmented reality. Their livelihood is based upon an RPG point system and it sounds awesome. I was actually thinking to myself that this might actually work in real life. Anyway, it is fascinating and you will just have to discover it for yourself.
Visiting three different “countries” within this world was so much fun and I just couldn’t believe how different they all were. I am glad that the author decided to showcase this because it just helped so much with her world-building. I think she also chose the right number of countries to visit. Honestly, if the characters would have traveled anywhere else it just would have been too much.
I loved how the characters develop throughout this book. Day changes quite a bit as he is trying to deal with his illness and not being able to do what he used to. I loved hearing his internal conflicts and what he was thinking about all of it. It just made me connect with him a lot more and I just felt so bad for him. He just can’t ever get a break.
June’s trying to deal with becoming a Senator but as she follows Anden around more and more, she starts to realize that this just may not be for her. She is a soldier through and through and that is where she is most happy. Again, I enjoyed her conflicting emotions about everything.
“Day just smiles at me, an expression so sad that it breaks through my numbness, and I begin to cry. Those bright blue eyes. Before me is the boy who has bandaged my wounds on the streets of Lake, who has guarded his family with every bone in his body, who has stayed by my side in spite of everything, the boy of light and laughter and life, of grief and fury and passion, the boy whose fate is intertwined with mine, forever and always.
Following characters from two entirely different backgrounds was fascinating and loved how much they enjoyed and learned from each other. I just didn’t like that they seemed to be a bit too similar. Hopefully, others who have read this know what I mean.
Anden was a good character and I hated that he was having such a hard time making decisions and fixing his father’s mistakes. He was just trying to do what was right, but everyone seemed to be against him. Also, Tess grew on me towards the end, though I didn’t like her early on in the series.
I didn’t have any problems with the writing other than there being too much detail in June’s chapters. So much of it is written in parentheses and it just disrupted the flow of the story. I tended not to read most of those parts because it didn’t seem to be that important.
Finally, a cover without any blurbs! Amazing! I just wish it had a book number instead of “A Legend Novel”. I like the illustration and how all the books are different, yet similar in the simplicity. It is easy to tell that these three books may be part of a series just based upon their covers.