Transmuted, Book 6 of the St Croix Chronicles by Karina Cooper

Just finished reading Transmuted which finishes the St Croix Chronicles by Karina Cooper.

As far as ends in series go I think this particular one managed to find a happy balance whilst being realistically a little sad at the same time.  It’s always sad to say goodbye to characters that you’ve grown quite attached to and with a series like this you always wonder how the author will manage to make it all work out.

The St Croix Chronicles follow the story of Cherry and her unusual exploits.  In this final chapter she’s going to go up against the Veil and in doing so will have to reintegrate into the Society of London above – a society that never accepted her and that she was only too pleased to escape from.  Going back is going to open up all sorts of old wounds for Cherry and others and there will be victims.

For the final instalment KC has come up with another unique plot.  I can’t say that the plots are always the easiest to follow however the story here basically hinges on Cherry returning to London’s elite society in order to draw out the Veil from wherever he is hiding.  Clearly somebody is providing him with sanctuary and he’s now hatching the final step of his plan for immortality.

Cherry will not only be forced to go above London but also below, to the disused tunnels that have become the home ground to violent gangs.  On top of this, one of the strange and feral beasts that were created through the machinations of the Veil, and something of a blunder on the part of Cherry, is still on the prowl!

There is without doubt plenty going on here and no shortage of pace or action and as usual the author sets the scene well flitting between the well heeled grounds of the upper classes to the grimy haunts of London’s criminal classes depicting perfectly the fact that criminal behaviour transcends wealth and position.

I have to hand it to KC here for creating two rather delightful mind candy characters in Hawke and Ashmore.  Yes, I think the two of them together definitely bring a certain appeal to these books and I unashamedly admit that.  I may have mentioned in previous posts that these books border PNR/Urban Fantasy – with certain books definitely falling on the PNR side of the fence while others tend to stand firmly more on the UF side.  This particular book remains more with UF with little emphasis on the romance side although there are a couple of brief altercations involving Hawke.

Strangely enough, I find myself at the end of the series having fallen definitely for Ashmore rather than Hawke – which is unusual to say the least.  Hawke was definitely the beast of the piece – the brawn if you will – to Ashmore’s more refined brains and aloof presence.  But, I would certainly read more adventures with Ashmore.  Personally, I feel that KC has judged perfectly when to bring the series to the conclusion in terms of Cherry and Hawke but an Ashmore spin off would definitely be welcomed by me.

I think towards the end, and this is my only real criticism, I found both Cherry and Hawke a little bit more ‘bark worse than bite’.  Cherry constantly seemed to wag her finger in a ‘there’ll be trouble now’ type of way whilst Hawke was constantly ‘growling’ and yet they, in fairness, didn’t really live up on their foreboding promises!  Still, that being said, Cherry does without doubt prove the saviour on a couple of occasions.

On the whole, this may not have been my favourite book of the series but, I thought it was a very satisfactory conclusion!

And this is the first off my own personal challenge list to complete a series per month for 2015.

I was approved for a copy of this through Netgalley for which my thanks.  The above is my own opinion.

 

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7 Responses to “Transmuted, Book 6 of the St Croix Chronicles by Karina Cooper”

  1. romeorites

    Hate saying goodbye to characters that you invest in. This is another series I havent yet tried.

    • lynnsbooks

      Well, like I’ve said in my reviews this series definitely is borderline Paranormal romance – which isn’t for everyone – I tend to stick to the Urban Fantasy side normal but this was nice for a change.
      Lynn 😀

      • romeorites

        Its nice to read something that transcends genre labels and is actually surprisingly enjoyable. 🙂

      • lynnsbooks

        Indeed!

  2. Danya @ Fine Print

    Congrats on finishing your first series of the year! And it’s one that went out with a bang, too. I like your description of the romance in this series – sometimes it can be very difficult to determine where to draw the line between PNR and UF because some instalments are more romance heavy than others! You won’t hear any complaints from me on that issue. 😉

    • lynnsbooks

      Yeah, there are some sizzling scenes in these stories for sure – but it’s not what it’s all about. In fact those scenes are quite sparing and make you all that more desperate for them to come along. Hawke is a little hottie but I kind of found myself really liking Ashmore. Whatever – two pieces of mind candy in one book. I’m not complaining either!
      Lynn 😀

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