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Review: Sacrifice by Brigid Kemmerer

By now, it should be pretty clear that I’m a huge fan of Brigid Kemmerer’s Elementals series. The fifth and final installment, Sacrifice, came out at the beginning of October.

I was torn about this one. Because–yay!–more Merricks, but also no more Merricks. Once I’d read it, the series would be done. (If you want to find out if this is really the end, read this post on Brigid’s site.)

sacrificeThere’s also a lot of pressure on a series finale. We’ve been building up to the end for so long, we’ve gotten to know the characters and seen their struggles, we’re waiting for the big epic battle (think Harry Potter vs Voldemort), and it’s hard not to let our own expectations get in the way.

I’m going to tread lightly, because I don’t want to spoil anyone, but I have to say it didn’t play out exactly as I expected. But was I disappointed? Hell no!

This story is gutwrenching. Michael, the eldest, has been caring for his brothers for five years, and it’s taken a heavy toll on him. The feeling of responsibility, and duty, and doing the right thing without ever letting anyone know he isn’t coping with it weigh heavily. Finally we get inside his head and see how he desperately needs to share the burden but is too afraid to let anyone in.

Hannah, Mike’s sort of girlfriend who has been hanging around since Spark, wants to share that burden and can’t understand why he won’t let her in. But she also has her own issues, and we get a new insight into her relationship with her parents.

Which brings up one of my favourite issues. Just because you’ve “grown up” doesn’t mean your problems go away. And it doesn’t mean you’re always going to make the right decisions or be gracious about doing the right thing. Adults can be just as flawed and scared and confused as teenagers.

Michael, though, believes he has to be strong for his brothers (and Hunter…and everyone else) and won’t let his vulnerable side show. Until he gets so much crap dumped on him that he can’t hold up any more. Much crying ensued on my part.

I also loved what we saw of the others, particularly Adam and Hunter. And it was really nice to see all the guys interacting instead of avoiding each other (which they seemed to spend most of Spark, Spirit, and Secret doing).

In the end, I was left feeling good about the Merricks. It may be the end of the series, but it isn’t the end of the story for them. And I really hope we get a chance to cross paths again in the future.