I’ve just got to warn you before I even get started – I’m feeling a lot of things right now. And I likely will be for a long time.
If you’ve been around the blog for a while, you might remember me fan-girling over Dan Jolley’s Gray Widow the past two summers. Well, friends: third time’s a charm, or something like that. It’s blog tour time to celebrate the third and final book of the trilogy – Gray Widow’s War – and here I am once again to share my thoughts.
[Also: SPOILERS. Not gonna avoid them when it’s book three.]
So here we go:
The things I felt with this book – the fear and the hope and the bitterness and the heartache and the love. I was all over the place in the best of ways, but goodness, it was a wild ride. Here are some examples:
- Um, why you gotta make me feel bad for one of the bad guys – one of which has been around for a while? The best beef has history. All I wanted to do was be like, “EFF YOU, Stamford,” but instead it was more of an “EFF YOU, but I’m sorry you’re in over your head, but still EFF YOU (but I feel bad about it).” Not cool, Mr. Jolley. But also: very cool of you.
- Three words: Tim, Adam, Janey.
- Ok, more than three words: they were in quite the predicament at the end of book two, and… alright, I’m just going to say it: DAN JOLLEY SET US UP FOR HEARTBREAK. There was no good way out of the situation they were in. And honestly, I was dreading having any conclusion to their storyline because it couldn’t end well. Nope, it couldn’t. Bringing all those feelings into this book, all I’m going to say is well done. It was satisfying and just and real and moving, and you didn’t shortchange anyone. Well freakin’ done.
- However, on a completely unrelated note (because I would be evil if I spoiled how the above situation was resolved): WHY YOU GOTTA BRING SO MUCH HURT TO MY MAN, TIM?
- But bless you, Dan, the redemption of a certain character – who I felt tons of hatred for in previous books – was brilliant and beautiful. Thank you for that.
Ok, the emotional rollercoaster aside, I do want to call attention to how cool this story is. The plot was engaging and believable – I really couldn’t put this book down. We get to meet some freaky aliens, which I am all here for. We get some great battles, some stellar superpowers, and some twists in all the right places.
But let me tell you what’s stuck with me the most this time. I’ve read so many books and seen so many shows where the characters are in an impossible situation and then some nonsense lets them off the hook. But hear me loud and clear in the back: Dan Jolley does not have time for that bull. Not at all. The characters had to earn every damn step they took. That’s how it’s done, friends. That is how it’s done.
And that is why I love Janey Sinclair so much. SO FREAKING MUCH. She fights, and she works, and she bleeds, and she feels. We need more like her, friends.
Gray Widow’s War as a book was the perfect ending to this trilogy, and the way the book itself ended – HOLY CRAP. Hold on to your hats, kids. It’s big, and it’s meaningful, and it’ll rock you.
Honorable mentions of things I wish I could go into further that this book touches on: unhealthy relationships, finding one’s purpose, the definition of justice, sacrifice, worth, diversity, and love overcoming differences. Oh, and super-powered orgasms.
So that’s it. That’s a wrap of the Gray Widow trilogy. And here are my parting words:
Gray Widow: may your eyes be ever on us, and our eyes be looking to do good.
About the author: Dan Jolley began writing professionally at age 19. Starting out in comic books, Dan has worked for major publishers such as DC (Firestorm), Marvel (Dr. Strange), Dark Horse (Aliens), and Image (G.I. Joe), and soon branched out into licensed-property novels (Star Trek), film novelizations (Iron Man), and original novels, including the Middle Grade Urban Fantasy series Five Elements and the Urban Sci-Fi Gray Widow Trilogy.
Dan began writing for video games in 2007, and has contributed storylines, characters, and dialogue to titles such as Transformers: War for Cybertron, Prototype 2, and Dying Light, among others. Dan lives with his wife Tracy and a handful of largely inert felines in northwest Georgia, and enjoys connecting with readers via his website (www.danjolley.com) and on Twitter (@_DanJolley).
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