In the fifth and final part of Within the Sanctuary of Wings, I LOVE EVERYTHING AND EVERYTHING IS LOVELY.
So it’s finally over, and I got everything I’d hoped for and more with this ending. You know how sometimes with a happy ending, it can end up feeling a bit too neat and/or sugary sweet to satisfy? Like, you’re happy that everyone’s happy but everything feels a little overdone?
This isn’t the case with the series ending for Lady Trent. For one thing, we know that while she’s lived a heck of a life, that life isn’t over yet. Progress in political areas is still taking baby steps, so to speak, and that future is wide open. Anything could happen. But the overall sense is one of positivity, of hope, and that is what I love most about all this.
The situation with the discovery of the Sanctuary, and the fact that Draconeans are real and alive, could have gone a very different, much bloodier way than it did. I think it’s to the author’s credit that she didn’t take the easy way out and spill some blood in the name of drama, here. She’s worked things up to a very tense point throughout the book, and indeed throughout the series, and to go for the ham-handed tactic now would have cheapened, if not undone, all of that. Instead, where problems are encountered and things look like they could go wrong, or at least not go the way Isabella and the Draconeans wish them to, they think their way around the problems. From needing a distraction in camp in order to get around the walking diplomatic incident that is Dorsen (not a bad person, but military through and through), to waiting to see if the idea of a political alliance will be accepted and approved – not only by the two nations involved, but also (most importantly) by the Draconeans who’d be giving up the security of their secret existence to help Isabella and the Yelangese rebels achieve it.
It’s to be expected of someone like Isabella, for whom the lives and rights of the Draconeans has become so important, that she’d do everything possible to offer them a different form of security in exchange. After all, the point of her return to her own people was to try to prevent the destruction of the Sanctuary and its people – and that is what strikes me as another key point here. The Draconeans are real. Not gods, or monsters, but dragon-like people.
What follows, however, does involve a certain amount of playing up to their mythical, god-like image, and while I loved the cleverness of it, and the fact that it placed no small amount of control over the situation in their hands, it made me a little nervous as well. Remember all that history that we’ve uncovered…?
But I need not have feared. The careful planning (and the co-ordinated mischief) pays off, and the peaceful day is won. *Thumps fists on table* DO YOU SEE WHAT CAN BE DONE IF WE ALL STOP BEING MURDEROUS ASSHOLES? DO YOU?
But that’s a rant for a very different headspace, even if it’s ever-accessible these days.
I love this book. I love its ending, and its “Yay science!” message – and especially everything that comes along with that message. Science is not about power or money or fame or who’s got the bigger army and more land. Science is about curiosity, discovery, and also about venturing forth into various great unknowns in order to poke things and see what happens. Science could not have a better, more passionate and dedicated, more charismatic advocate than Isabella. WHY MUST SHE BE FICTIONAL ARGH.
I love her, and I have loved her story. My only regret is that it’s over, but even then my heart has been so warmed that I don’t mind. I’ll always have rereads.