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The final book in the 13 Treasures Trilogy was a continuation of the book 2, but definitely left the door open for another story. If author had a plan to wrap up the story end, she changed her mind and left many things unresolved. We don't know what happens to the characters for the rest of their lives, including the fairy antagonist (is he really dead?), and never resolves the problem with the Fairy kingdom's practice of taking human babies and leaving changelings. It seems the human world is still at risk from the Fairy world, and we never really understand why the fairy world does this. I would have given it a 4 star except that the conflict seemed to rehash the same elements in book 1 and 2, and It was a bit of a let down. It also seemed that the protagonists did not learn to deal with the problems and repeated some of the same mistakes, and I was disappointed that there was no new insights or powers revealed. I was surprised that the saga completely replaced the main protagonist rather than circle around to the first. It didn't seem fair. The fairy heroine in the end was unexpected and undeveloped. Then there was the side story regarding Red's natural mother--whats up with that? In any case, I recommend it if only to continue another segment of the 1st and 2nd book. And I won't be surprised if a book 4 or more turns up.
My 10 year old has been reading these books to me, over the summer she has read the first two books. One of the first things I noticed is that even though this book is considered in her reading level, the words this author uses are HUGE ! I mean come on, I spend quite a bit of time defining these words for my daughter which takes her fluency level down. I am surprised specifically with this third book to have her read on page 121 "that damned guardian". Ok, I'm not sure why on earth you use that language in a childs book and no it's not horrible but it's also not necessary.
I'm glad she is almost done with it, and has about accomplished her goal of reading this series, but still surprised that an adult would write this in a childrens book.