This conclusion to the Firebird series has Marguerite and her family, and her parents’ grad students Paul and Theo, still battling the Triad Corporation, which, she has learned, involves evil genius Wyatt Conley working with the versions of himself from two other dimensions. Not only are her parents in the “Home Office” world also the bad guys, but her own alternate self is working hard to stop her — and kill off other dimensions entirely.
At the start of this book, “Wicked” Marguerite is now popping around to other dimensions, trying to kill off those Marguerites and start the destruction of the dimensions. Marguerite has to follow and figure out how to stop her other selves from getting killed, first, and then find ways to stop the plans for dimension destruction. It’s dangerous and daunting and she’s really only lagging behind “Wicked,” rather than getting ahead of her and foiling Triad’s plans entirely.
Paul helps her as he can, and her parents start getting more involved. And their connections to the other dimensions in the multiverse may start paying off, with a little luck.
Meanwhile, Paul feels he’s not himself after being split into four pieces in the second book; he feels unable to control the dark sides of himself and fears he will never be right again. What Marguerite and Paul discover in one dimension only confirms his fears, and though she tries over and over to convince him to give their relationship, which crops up in so many universes, a chance in this universe, she fears it won’t be enough.
As with the previous books, Marguerite continues to visit plenty of other selves in other dimensions, some she’s already visited and some new ones. She begins to figure out some ways to be as fair to those other selves as possible while being in their bodies, and she learns a bit about herself and her loved ones from getting to know their alternates. There’s still plenty of action and danger, and the romance continues. I enjoyed this series and this last book concluded it pretty well. I don’t love these books but they’ve been pretty entertaining.
Rated: Moderate, for one use of strong language and occasional milder language. There’s a fair amount of violence and peril, and sexual content involves a sex scene that has no details.