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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite
The Hummingbird by Jacob Devlin is the final book in the Order of the Bell series. Queen Avoria continues waging war while Violet sends out the Order to uncover a way to stop her before its too late. Tired of being kept in the dark, Crescenzo follows the Order back into his world where he discovers cities have already been destroyed, Avoria's shadows are everywhere, and New York City has been corrupted by a fortress of nightmares. As Crescenzo trains with his friends, he explores his budding powers and what being the Carver really means. Zack and his parents travel to Neverland where they confront the Lost Boys in an attempt to increase their numbers, but Avoria seems to remain one step ahead. Crescenzo turns to new and old allies as he uncovers secrets behind Avoria's origins that may be the key to stopping her.
Several threads from the previous book are explored as Liam struggles with his guilt over killing Mr. Bellamy, and Hansel tries to regain his good name as everyone continues to fight against Avoria's power. Jacob Devlin twists classic characters for a fresh perspective while splendidly balancing a large cast of characters. Each character has a distinct personality, a key place within the final battle, and a fun call-back to each of the beloved stories where they originated. Crescenzo explores more of his Carver abilities and discovers a magic within himself he didn't know was possible. Devlin explores the origins of Pinocchio, which ties into the story in an unexpected way. His hero's journey has been a bumpy one as he started in the dark about magic, but now he's in the heart of the battle and it's up to him to save everyone he loves. Though his journey is far from over, The Hummingbird is Crescenzo's time to shine as he has fully accepted his role within this battle and this world. He's pushed further than ever before, as his recent reunion with his parents and everything he's built is threatened.
Devlin weaves between worlds, exploring the corruption of our world and the threat against the Old World. Getting to see Neverland and characters from Wonderland is a real treat and expands the background of the characters and the world. The romance between Crescenzo and Rosana is sweet and creates a bright spot in the chaos which quickly unfolds. The Hummingbird is the thrilling conclusion of Devlin's series as the complicated battle between good and evil unfolds through a story of belief and bravery.