Reviewed by Jennifer Jensen

After struggling through the first three books in Aprilynne Pike’s Wings series, I did not have very high expectations for the final book, Destined. Much to my surprise, I was actually quite moved by the ending and had finally become invested in one of the characters I have always loved to pick on, David.

The love triangle between Laurel, David, and Tamani continues in Destined. Although David is truly a wonderful guy, I always felt that Laurel truly loved Tamani even if she could never bring herself to say so out loud. In Destined, Laurel finally makes her decision between David and Tamani.

Destined picks up where Illusions left off, with Laurel and her friends trying to discover the identity of the individual who is trying to create havoc in the faerie realm of Avalon. Throughout the entire series, mentions of King Arthur and the faeries’ involvement with his reign have always surfaced. I loved those references, and it was fun getting to see David in the role as a modern day hero, wielding the legendary sword Excalibur.

Out of the entire series, Destined was my favorite and I felt it wrapped everything up quite nicely. Not everyone got a happy ending (skip the section called The Last Word if you don’t want some bittersweet thrown into the mix) and I could tell that Aprilynne Pike had planned this since since the beginning.

Fans of the Wings series will undoubtedly love the conclusion to the series. While I wasn’t in love with this series, I hope that the movie rumors are true and that we will be seeing it onscreen in the near future. I just hope that the movie fleshes out the characters of David and Chelsea, and makes David just a little less perfect.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She occasionally dabbles with her own fiction writing, particularly with the Young Adult and Paranormal genres. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and daughter.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by HarperTeen. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.