Maybe it was the historical fiction aspect of the final book in this series, but I really loved Winds of Salem. The rest of the series sort of teased at a past where the Beauchamp family had been present during the Salem witch trials – Ingrid and Freya were executed – but this was the first time we really got to see what that would have been like for them. It was interesting.
After reading the prequel novella, I have to confess that I wasn’t all that excited to go on to read the series. It just didn’t seem to have a lot going on. It wasn’t exciting. And so, I was a bit afraid that Witches of East End would have the same problem.
Thankfully, though, that wasn’t the case.
I really loved this book as a conclusion to the series. Instead of getting almost all-new characters again, there’s a mix of “old” (known) and “new” (previously unseen) characters in The Dark and Hollow Places. I liked getting to see the personalities of Gabry, Catcher, and Elias get fleshed out, while at the same time getting to know a new character as complex and interesting as Annah.
I think that I liked this book even more than The Forest of Hands and Teeth. I was a little confused at first by the change in narrator, but once I figured it out – and the connection between Gabry and Mary! – I loved it. It just … worked.
I put off reading this book for a long time because I had heard it was about zombies. I don’t particularly care for zombie stories. It’s just not my thing. Eventually, though, I decided to relent, because I had also heard such good things about the series that I just had to see if they were true.