Rise of the Ragged Clover (The Luck Uglies #3)

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8+
Release Date
March 01, 2016
ISBN
9780062271563
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The epic final battle between the Luck Uglies and the Fork-Tongue Charmers comes to Rye’s doorstep in this exhilarating conclusion to the critically acclaimed Luck Uglies series.

Against all odds, Rye manages to rescue her father, the High Chieftain of the Luck Uglies, from the treacherous Fork-Tongue Charmers. But when she travels back home to Drowning to help him with his plan to defeat these bitter rivals, she finds the village in shambles. Monstrous Bog Noblins raid the streets at night. And people are afraid to leave their homes because no one is around to protect them. Rye realizes she can’t wait for the adults to sort it out—so she enlists her friends to come up with a plan. A plan that could change everything for Drowning…because the only way to save her village may be to destroy it.

The Luck Uglies series has all the makings of a modern classic. Filled with friendship, adventure, secrets, and a hint of magic, this critically acclaimed series is an irresistible cross between Joseph Delaney’s Last Apprentice and Chris Colfer’s Land of Stories series.

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Beautiful conclusion to a solid series
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In the third and final book of the Luck Uglies series, Rye is locked right in the cross between the Luck Uglies and the Fork-Tongue Charmers as she fights to rescue her father. While venturing back to Drowning to help him, she finds her village full of Bog Noblins and fear. With most of the adults fighting, it’s up to her and her friends to save the village.

Paul Durham finishes the Luck Uglies series with a perfectly executed plot and breathless pacing leading up to the big climax. The plot twists are numerous and excellently timed, giving the reader just enough pause to gasp before continuing right through. The familiar world of Rye and her friends is as lovely as it was discovering it in the first book. Readers will see several creatures they are familiar with, but the new ones are equally fascinating/scary.

While the entire book is an adventurous thrill ride, the last third or so stole the show for me. The bond between Rye and the people around her has always been strong, but readers can really feel them all coming together during the big finale. One of the final scenes concerning the future of a High Chieften might be my favorite scene of the entire series. The theme of finding your own path is strong, as well as the powerful message to follow your heart to the decisions you believe are best, whether history sees them as one way or another.

There are a few moments of comic relief to help ease some of the tension in high stress areas, especially ones that bring up minor characters from previous novels. The chance to have a laugh is very welcome and lightens some of the darker moments.

Readers who have followed this series will not be disappointed with THE LUCK UGLIES: RISE OF THE RAGGED CLOVER. Rye’s story concludes beautifully with action galore.
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