I thoroughly enjoyed this book; I felt many different emotions from sadness to joy. Seeing Lazarus and Maryam develop into more mature characters was very refreshing. Lazarus finally redeemed himself from his past behaviors. It was good getting a closer look at who he is and why exactly he acts the way he does. Being able to get a look directly into his family clearly shows us how Lazarus was molded. It also makes you genuinely like Lazarus and see how far he has come.
While Maryam’s behavior was at times tiresome with her lack of trust in Lazarus, it was very believable. Due to how much there was to lose and gain it was easy to believe the worst of her newfound friend. I was happy with the ending. Just when I thought it would be too late to fix all of the conflicts that had built up, the ending was tied up very neatly in a satisfying way.
The only flaw I saw was Maryam. While I like her most in the last book, I found in this book, I did not favor her as much. Perhaps with so much growth is Lazarus I sort of felt that Maryam had not changed as much. She still seemed conflicted in some of her feelings. Even at the end of the book, I felt while she was doing the right things, that her heart was fickle in her new feelings. Nonetheless, I was very pleased with the book.
A futuristic novel for young adults, The Blood of the Lamb trilogy is, at its heart, political - a reflection on the way a few very powerful (mostly white) men hold the balance of power all around the world and maintain it through intimidation, incarceration, and fear.
When Maryam arrives back at Onewere and tries to loosen the Apostles' religious stranglehold by sharing the miraculous remedy for Te Matee lai, she finds herself captured once again - prey to the Apostles' deadly game. The ruling elite manipulate her return by setting in motion a highly orchestrated ritual before a hysterical and brain-washed crowd. Somehow Maryam must get the islanders to listen to her plea that they start thinking for themselves - hoping to stir the independence in their hearts, even as she finds herself on the brink of death.