This really hits home for me in regard to one of my favorite book series, His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman. I revisited the series this summer after I found out that BBC TV series is in the works, with another companion trilogy The Book of Dust, coming in October.
The three books, The Golden Compass (also published as Northern Lights), The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass were one of my favorites when I was a teenager, together with Harry Potter. I think I read the whole trilogy in two days, which was a feat for me at that time. One book was better than the other and I could not wait for The Amber Spyglass to come. After I turned the last page, I felt…morose, I think is the best description. One of the reasons was that a wonderful book series came to an end and with that, a wonderful world, but also because the ending, for me at least, did not make sense and I never expected it in a million years. It was rather anticlimactic and the main characters did not remain together, which was a big letdown.
But I understand why the author ended it that way, as sacrifice was one of the main aspects of the series, but it touched me very deeply, as if a semi-truck rammed me at full speed. Not only because Lyra and Will had to be separated for the worlds to heal, but all other characters that died, such as Lee and Hester.
This book series, though advertised as Young Adult, will leave a lasting impression on you, no matter your age, which I believe is a mark of a wonderful writing.
Thank you Dario!