Reviewed by Dan
TITLE: Neon White: Episode Five
SERIES: A Tooth, Claw, and Horns Chronicle #5
AUTHOR: Wulf Francú Godgluck
LENGTH: 75 Pages
RELEASE DATE: April 22, 2016
“To gain something substantial, you need to sacrifice something of equal worth.”
As Bla’Gar rushes to save his beloved pet, the possibility of a grim future might be waiting for him. Will he be forced to repeat the mistakes of the past…again, or will he be allowed to make another choice… Exchange one eternity for another Hell?
Jessy can’t foresee a world without Raven. In a time when enforcers like him are the very fibers that hold together the future of this new world, she will do everything in her power to help save him. But there will be a cost… There is always a cost.
As Seth struggles within his own personal Hades, the mate he always wanted, but felt he never truly deserves, comes to save him. But the darkness is vacuous and beautiful at the same time, and it might just be the end of all of them… If the Beast doesn’t get what he came for.
Raven is lost to all now, fading out of existence, yet Death may be his only salvation.
Some actions speak louder than words, and some will be immortalized forever. Some wars are never won, they are simply…forgotten.
What if you had one chance? One opportunity to change the past? What would you be willing to sacrifice for it?
Here we are with what could most accurately, in my opinion, be called the Season Finale of Wulf Francú Godgluck’s Neon White Series. I’ve really enjoyed the author’s style in writing this series. It has consistently been pretty harsh, fairly raw, and totally untamed. No sweet syrupy romance here, so if that is what you’re looking for, move along.
I’m going to be a little different on this one. I’m not going to give you a lot of information on the story since this last Episode is only 75 pages and it would be easy to do spoilers. Suffice it to say that we’re back with Bla’Gar and Raven White, as well as the other characters we’ve met along the way through the series. The story begins immediately after the end of Episode Four and this is the final Episode as I mentioned above.
I’m going to do something else I’ve never done before. I’m going to be really, really honest and tell you that on the first quick read through this book, I didn’t like the end…like, at all. I even kind of hated it. So I decided to give it a couple weeks, and then go back and give it a re-read. I went back and re-read it this morning, and I’ve now got to admit it ended kind of how it had to end. Once I slowed down and didn’t speed read, like I always tend to do when I am greedily reaching the end, I found the kernels of good in the ending and realized the way things worked out was necessary to tie out the story, and to also leave the way open for the follow up “Season” that the author has already teased us with. Seriously, upon reflection, I can’t see any other way it could have ended, although I still don’t like the Bla’Gar plot twist, and I think you’ll understand why when you read it.
That fairly large plot twist is what got me hung up the first time through. I love that this author can instill such different feelings in me depending on what I guess was my own mood while reading it. Last time I was in a great mood, all sunshine and light, and I didn’t like it. This time I was in a grumpy ass mood over some stupid social media issue, and I loved the ending. Go figure. I’m not going to tell you what mood to be in when reading it, because that will depend on you!
In conclusion, I very highly recommend the Neon White series, and I’m going to rate this final installment as a 4.5 on our scale, meaning that I “loved it” partially because of the two totally different viewpoints I had of the end of the story by re-reading it, and partially because I just really, really liked this series! Masterful job Mr. Godgluck. You definitely know how to manipulate my feelings!
One note, it is imperative that the Episodes be read in order, as they wouldn’t make sense as standalones. For those of you who haven’t been following along in the series, and need to start at the beginning, the author has also just released Neon White Season One: A Tooth, Claw and Horns Chronicle, which is all five installments in one book. I’ve included the link to that volume below as well. If you are in the mood for a wild ride…why not pick it up today?
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Neon White Season One
BUY LINKS (Season 1 Complete):