Twins Alex and Aaron Stowe are put to the ultimate test to fulfill their destinies and save both Quill and Artimé from the deadliest enemy the cities have ever faced in the thrilling conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Unwanteds series, which Kirkus Reviews called “The Hunger Games meets Harry Potter.”
Head mage Alexander Stowe and his friends successfully fended off the latest threat to their magical world of Artimé with the help of a surprise ally. United at last, they’re exploring exciting new territory. But old enemies have secretly been plotting against them, and danger strikes when they’re most vulnerable.
Now Alex must lead his people in a final epic battle, one they can’t hope to win alone. Loyalties will be tested, and powerful new abilities will emerge on both sides of the war that could change everything.
Will Artimé finally know peace or will all that Alex and his people have fought for be destroyed forever?
About the Author
Lisa McMann is the New York Times bestselling author of the middle grade dystopian fantasy series The Unwanteds, the YA paranormal Wake trilogy, and several other books for kids and teens. She lives with her family in the Phoenix area. Check out Lisa's website at LisaMcMann.com, learn more about The Unwanteds Series at UnwantedsSeries.com, and be sure to say hi on Instagram or Twitter (@Lisa_McMann), or Facebook (Facebook.com/McMannFan).
Read an Excerpt
Island of Dragons
The desert land of Quill was no more.
Even though Aaron Stowe had implanted the fatal scatterclip into Gondoleery Rattrapp’s forehead and cried out the words “Die a thousand deaths!” that ended her terroristic reign, the old woman’s weapons had hit many unintended targets. The fireballs continued doing damage long after her demise.
The Artiméans limped home after the battle past dozens of small fires that burned throughout Quill. Fanned by the sea breeze and fed by the dry, brittle wood houses, the fires grew out of control. Soon every quadrant in Quill was engulfed in flames. Frantic Wanteds and Necessaries were forced to abandon their homes and flee for the only part of the island that wasn’t burning: Artimé.
“Let’s keep the Quillens moving!” shouted Alex Stowe, the head mage of the magical land of Artimé, as the people passed through the invisible weather barrier to safety. “All the way to the shore and the edge of the jungle, so there’s room for everyone!” In the confusion, he turned to two of his closest friends, Lani Haluki and Samheed Burkesh. “Try to convince them that it’s safe to go inside the mansion, will you? I’m afraid we’ll run out of space out here.”
“We’ll try,” said Lani, “but it’s not going to be easy.” The lawn was tightly packed with Wanteds and Necessaries. Lani and Samheed did their best to spread the word, while Alex hurried inside the mansion to expand the upstairs living quarters so they could house the refugees who agreed to come inside.
But it was a lot of work trying to convince the stubborn-minded, fearful people of Quill that they wouldn’t accidentally get any magic on them if they decided to take a room in the mansion until things could be sorted out.
Alex overheard an exasperated Samheed talking to an old Quillen man. “Trust me,” he said. “There’s absolutely no way you are going to become magical just by sleeping in a nice bed for once in your life. Just come inside and I’ll show you to your room.”
When the stubborn man refused and instead sat down behind a bush outside the mansion, Samheed threw his hands in the air. “Fine,” he said. “Sleep there forever, then. I’m sure I don’t care.” He went grumbling back through the crowd toward the weather barrier to try to direct some injured Quillens to the hospital ward.
Simber flew overhead, occasionally sweeping over the burning part of the island from a safe height, looking to rescue anyone who might be trapped. The orange flames weren’t hot enough to harm him—not much, anyway. It had been the white- and blue-hot flames of Gondoleery’s fireballs that had done him in. Nevertheless, the giant stone cheetah was especially wary after what he’d gone through. Simber knew that if Alex’s twin brother Aaron hadn’t acted so quickly to restore him, his sandy remains would still be on the road near the palace right now, burning with the rest of Quill.
Artimé owed Aaron a debt of gratitude, though a few were having a hard time accepting that fact after all Aaron had done in the past to hurt the magical world. Alex was among the most grateful, though, for Aaron had done something that Alex couldn’t do—he’d brought Simber back to life. While Alex sometimes struggled with the complexities of magic, Aaron’s newfound abilities appeared almost effortless. Was there any limit to what Aaron could do? Alex was starting to wonder.
Needless to say, Aaron Stowe—former Everything, current Nothing—had earned a lot of respect from those who’d witnessed his unselfish actions. But he channeled his inner Ishibashi, kept his head down, and worked alongside the Artiméans to help with the injured and displaced people. And, being the closest thing to a leader of Quill, he found himself having to solve a whole new series of problems that came along with a community devastated by fire.
Once the fleeing Wanteds and Necessaries arrived in Artimé, they had no choice but to stay. Covered in soot and carrying what little they could salvage, they sought safety in the magical world they hated and feared. Some arrived defeated, some defiant, some overwhelmed, and some finally digging deep inside themselves and discovering their anger a little too late. And a few—mostly children—arrived with a tiny hint of excitement stirring in their hearts, for they had heard whispers about the happenings in Artimé, and they were not quite dead inside.
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The heavy black smoke traveled westward with the wind, and it didn’t take long for Queen Eagala and the hook-handed pirate, Captain Baldhead, to hear reports that something was amiss. After their meeting on Warbler, they sent out spies to see if the entire island of Quill was destroyed.
But Alex’s magical weather barrier around Artimé proved to be one of the best spells the head mage had ever put in place. Soon the leaders of Warbler and Pirate Islands received word that the southern part of the island of Quill remained completely unharmed by fire and was filled with people. So they redoubled their efforts and continued planning the ultimate attack to destroy the magical land.
Alex and his people had other things on their minds.
The fires raged and settled and raged and settled again for weeks until there was nothing left to burn. During that time, Alex and his friends did whatever they could to assure their new visitors that they were safe now. Some of them, comforted by seeing Aaron safe and sound in Artimé, eased into their new lives a little at a time, trying to get used to the strange surroundings. Others chose to stay far away from the Unwanteds’ mansion, sleeping on the lawn at the border between the two worlds, waiting until they could go back home. With no trained ability to imagine things, they couldn’t fathom that Quill would look very different than it had before. But they’d soon discover there would be no home to go to.
When at last the fires burned out and it was safe to venture into Quill, all could see for themselves that nothing of worth remained. With no resources to rebuild, it seemed the Wanteds and Necessaries would be forced to stay in Artimé.
The annual day of the Purge came and went, unnoticed and obsolete.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I'm so excited for this to come out, the only complaint is this is the only cover that doesn't have simber on it.
If this is the last book in the series, which I presume it is, there should be some sort of way they get to our world, and not explore the clyindricial island with the water dragon(s). I apologise for the unusually large sentence. Thanks for taking the time to read this!
Lived up to expectations!
When I picked up the first book in this series, it was so I could have something to read. But now that I have finished the final book in this series, it will be hard to say goodbye and move on. After I finished this story, I felt a feeling that only comes from reading and finishing a beautifully written book. The bittersweet and happy feeling of saying farewell to the loveable characters. Lisa McMann’s finale to her explosive series was everything and more than what I originally expected it to be. It certainly hit a home run with me. The warriors of Artimé have finally beaten the last of their enemies on their island but are now confronted with old foes that have conjoined together to destroy Alex and his kingdom. Will Artimé prove victorious once again or will they be crushed under the mighty rule of their old rivals? Alex and Aaron are about to be tested in a way they never thought possible. This fantasy by Lisa McMann is sure to take flight as another classic. This book is for those who love a good story and epic battles. But also like to keep things humorous and creative. I loved this book because it keeps you interested and you’re always waiting to see what’s next. Also, there are some big shockers. And there were several parts where I had to go back and re-read them because it was all too much to handle at once! I don’t want to give away too much, but some characters that you thought were dead or gone come back. WARNING: When reading this book be sure that you are able to control a book obsession and possibly be up ungodly hours of the night reading! This book gave me a world to escape to and Lisa uses such a colorful way of writing that makes you feel the pain, joy, and sadness that Alex and his friends feel. I recommend this book for adolescents, pre-teens, and anyone who loves fantasy. But since I didn’t give away the ending, you will have to go and read it for yourself.
All the books in this series are great, this story is a quick paced page-turner that keeps my attention and makes me want to come back. I noticed some small typo-type errors in the first two books and chalked that up to the fact that there are so many books and they were real small. But this book has some really grating continuity errors. Towards the beginning the characters are doing something that was already explained and done in the previous book, and when Spike is helping Karkanos, all the sudden she becomes a he? Multiple times it is written "he" "his" etc. To the point where I Googled it to make sure she hadn't just skillfully avoided using gender pronouns until now or something. That kind of editing is pretty sloppy. Audience demand to hurry and publish shouldn't detract from the story itself. I hope to finish the series without this snapping me out of the story again.
I've just finished all of the other books, and I'm beyond excited to read this one.
Its the middle of the night and im bored.So i just wrote this.also u should read, is a great book.
Favorite they win but aleks loses control of his right arm forever