Any Way the Wind Blows

, #3

Hardcover, 528 pages

Published July 5, 2021 by Wednesday Books.

ISBN:
978-1-250-25433-7
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4 stars (12 reviews)

The story is supposed to be over.

Simon Snow did everything he was supposed to do. He beat the villain. He won the war. He even fell in love. Now comes the good part, right? Now comes the happily ever after…

So why can’t Simon Snow get off the couch?

What he needs, according to his best friend, is a change of scenery. He just needs to see himself in a new light…

That’s how Simon and Penny and Baz end up in a vintage convertible, tearing across the American West.

They find trouble, of course. (Dragons, vampires, skunk-headed things with shotguns.) And they get lost. They get so lost, they start to wonder whether they ever knew where they were headed in the first place…

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Review of 'Any Way the Wind Blows' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

This is a review of the trilogy as a whole.

I've got quite a lot of thoughts about these books, and they are mixed.
I loved the lighthearted humor in Carry On, and was disappointed to find it mostly gone in Wayward Son and Any Way the Wind Blows. The tone changed completely between books. While I do love the question what happens to the characters after their big adventure ends?, I think a humorous tone would have put a unique spin on it and continued the almost-satire of Harry Potter that Carry On was.

Simon is very unlikeable to me, and he was written to be rooted for. He was fine in Carry On and awful by the end of Any Way the Wind Blows. His character development just didn't make sense to me. I completely understand the way depression
can stall you and make …

Review of 'Any Way the Wind Blows' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I loved this book. I loved Simon and Baz, Penelope and Shepard. I loved all the different kinds of relationships and the tension as I waited to see if Simon would ever figure out that the lady who kept feeding him so much cake was more than just a nice lady.

I cried.

My complaint? The ending. The ending scene with Simon and Baz felt like a beginning, not an end. I feel like their ending scene came a few chapters earlier. AND, and I'm sorry, but I honestly have never cared about Agatha Wellbelove. I liked how her sorry ended, but I still feel like she wasn't really ever necessary. She was a tool for the narrative and little else.

Overall I really liked the book and LOVED the serious. I'm sad I'm through with it already.

Review of 'Any Way the Wind Blows' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Wow. That barely got three stars. It's hard to write a review without spoiling everything. The least spoilery thing I can say is I don't really know that anything happened by the end of the book. I'm not sure anyone really grew. If anyone gained anything, we don't get to see what impact it has for them. We just know something changed. Very unsatisfying. It's fine as a contemporary romance I guess, but for a supposed end to a trilogy about mages? Disappointing, really.

Review of 'Any Way the Wind Blows' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

This is a very weird trilogy. The first book compelling in a very irritating way that left me feeling kind of hollow and manipulated. Book Two was just painful, for the most part. Through both books I often wondered why I was still reading them - probably because I had come to care for some characters too much to just leave them be.

And then there's this one, where to my complete and utter surprise, I found myself receiving gift over gift while reading. Everything I wished for these characters but didn't at all expect to ever get, I got.

As much work and frustration books one and two cost me, it was worth it. Kudos, Ms Rowell. I guess I was wrong about you.

Review of 'Any Way the Wind Blows' on 'GoodReads'

5 stars

It's finally here! And it's hollowed me out like a small, decorative pumpkin!

God, I was scared picking up this book, because I didn't know if I was going to love it because it was this series or love it for the book it was, and I didn't know if the pain (because of course there was going to be pain) was going to overcome the rest of it. But dear Lord this book is good.

This book is also really, really funny, which is a gigantic surprise. These characters somehow all got 70% funnier the second they figured out how to use their words to actually communicate. (And yay, communication is a thing in this book!)
And yet, Rainbow flexes fully here and gives up emotional wallops, derringdo, and a comedy hour in between, and none of it feels anything but organic or earned, and all of it …

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