5 Book Series’ That Betrayed My Trust

A Warning and Disclaimer:

Gentle Reader,

There will be nothing gentle about this post. It will be a rant. I will say unkind things about these books. I will let my emotions commandeer the conversation. I (probably) won’t be rational. BUT THESE ARE MY FEELINGS.

I feel that these books FAILED- but the truth is that they failed ME, which is actually MY problem, not the books,’ and I know this… sort of.

If they betrayed my trust, it is only because I trusted them to be what they are not, and that is my own fault. Mine. My own.

But I want to complain about these books anyway. Thus, this post.


S. Sponge

P.S. ALSO IMPORTANT TO NOTE: This post will be riddled with SPOILERS, so if you have not read any of these books be ye warned.

Assuming that anyone is still reading, I will now get started.

1. Ranger’s Apprentice

Ranger's Apprentice

I never actually finished this series. I got bored, but that is not why I am bitter. No. There is one reason that this series is branded upon my mind.



For whatever reason, Gilan was my favorite character. I was… am very attached to him.

Then this happens:

Will is kidnapped while he is in Gilan’s charge.

Gilan feels UNSPEAKABLY GUILTY about it. Not only that, but he cares about Will. He feels guilty and he is desperately worried about what is happening to him.

Gilan offers to go with Halt to look for Will.

Halt says no.

Gilan insists.

Halt still says no. (For crying out loud, Halt, just LET HIM COME WITH YOU).

Halt leaves Gilan standing alone and miserable in the rain.

(End scene)

In the end of the next book, Halt returns to the kingdom with Will, safe and sound. EVERYONE is waiting for them. The entire kingdom has turned out to witness their return.

Everyone that is, except for Gilan.

Not only is he not there, but no one mentions him- no one even thinks of him. He has not been mentioned ONCE since Halt left him dejected in the rain. WHAT IS THIS?

I read a couple more books after this, but to no avail. Gilan appeared to have fallen off the face of the earth and NO ONE NOTICED.

I have heard that he randomly shows up again in some later book, but how can his huge absence be explained? Maybe he had some long-ranger-mission, but how is it that NO ONE remembers him while he is gone? Especially since they left him ALONE in the RAIN. Halt never thinks, “Gee, I wonder what happened to Gilan?” Not ONCE.

You cannot do this to me.


2. Enola Holmes


I read all six of these. I like Enola. I think she is a smart and interesting character.

My quarrel is with her mother.

The woman drives me absolutely bonkers.

I have very little patience for parents who abandon their children. Especially if they then try to explain WHY they did it to make it seem okay.

Enola’s mother isn’t even sorry. She thinks she did everything she had to, being the person that she was.

She basically tells Enola that she could not mother her because doing so would not be “true to herself.

Woman, get over yourself. You don’t have to lose your identity, just take care of your child. If your character cannot survive that, maybe you are not as strong as you pride yourself in being. You don’t have to be so High-and-Mighty about it. And if taking care of children is so against your nature why did you have kids in the first place?

Let’s say you realize it too late, but Enola is still a real person who is your real responsibility. I don’t care how “enlightened” you are. You can’t run away in the name of freethinking and expect me to forgive you.


3. All the Wrong Questions

All the Wrong Questions

I love A Series of Unfortunate Events with all my heart. For me this series was like a worm in that beautiful horseradish apple. It left a rotten taste in my mouth.

Prequels are my favorite thing, but they should improve on the original. They should compliment each other. This series does not do that AT ALL.

On its own, it is a fairly fun story. But I resent its connection to the original series because it makes no sense.

What does Ellington Feint have to do with  ANYTHING?

Apparently Lemony Snicket’s life revolves around her. If she is such a big deal, why doesn’t he mention her at all later in his life? Oh, but the phrase “With all due respect” always makes him think of her. Thanks for ruining that for me.

What about Beatrice? This series mentioned her once or twice, with no effect on our little Lemony.

And the Bombinating Beast feels like a cheat. In the original series, there is no mythical or supernatural activity whatsoever. It’s just not that kind of story.

It doesn’t ring true to the original, but there is just enough connection to infuriate me.


4. The Maze Runner


I guess that first of all I should mention that Newt was literally the only character that I cared about and Thomas shot him in the head.

I don’t get Thomas. He spends a book and a half hating Gally and vowing vengeance because of Chuck’s death, but then as soon as he sees Gally again he doesn’t care anymore. WHAT HAPPENED?

I liked the set up for this story. It was intriguing. It was complex.

But you know what I hate?

Vague blanket explanations.

There were all these minute details going on, all these complicated and mysterious pieces to a huge puzzle, and I wanted a better explanation.

Nope. “We are experimenting on your brains.” That’s it. That explains everything real neatly.

And then, “Well, it’s not actually working so you guys go hide while everyone else kills each other off.”

I wanted Thomas and Friends to say “NO! We are going to find a cure! We are going to save the world!” But no. They go hide in their little valley. And one of Thomas’ girlfriends gets squished (conveniently) on the way so he doesn’t have to deal with awkwardness when he gets there.

What would they have done if Newt was still alive?


5. The Heroes of Olympus

Heroes of Olympus

Three things:

  1. Gaia is way too easy to defeat
  2. Leo gets so boring in the last book that I want to cry

Did you catch that last one? Percy and Annabeth battle Night, who is apparently one of the oldest and most powerful titans in the world. Night, you know, as in when it goes all dark and stuff. Night. Cannot see. In the dark. NIGHT CANNOT SEE IN THE DARK.

Did no one else notice how stupid that is?

I laugh about this, but on the inside I am weeping because it is so incredibly pathetic. I do not understand how this happens.

In Conclusion

If any of you braved this post I congratulate you, and I am curious to hear your side of the story.

Have you read any of these series’? Did you suffer in any of the same ways I did? (Did you suffer from reading MY sufferings because these books are your children and you love them with all your heart?)

Have you read any other books or series’ that you feel betrayed you?

Have you experienced the shock of your favorite character disappearing off the face of the planet?

I eagerly await your responses. Friendly disagreement is encouraged.

I do not begrudge you for loving any of these books, my friends. We all have differing opinions and that is okay.

17 thoughts on “5 Book Series’ That Betrayed My Trust

  1. This was an amusing read, though I’m sorry the stories in question inflicted such torment ‘pon your trusting soul. 🙂
    Honestly, your complaints about #1, #2, and #4 sound like genuine story flaws, not just personal peeves. And your point about The Maze Runner bothered me as well–although confession time: I’ve only seen the first movie, but they did wrap everything up way too quickly–like, what patterns of brain activity were observed? Was brain activity enhanced or damaged by exploring the maze? Was the maze the actual test of brain power, or was it seeing how these kids would form a community to protect themselves? (Also, I love the “Thomas and Friends” remark!)
    Great post!

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    1. Thank you for your thoughts, and for your sympathy. Being a bookworm is a dangerous thing!
      Your questions about the Maze Runner are very good ones, and what’s so frustrating about it is they never answer them. They just say, “We were studying your brains.” I need more details, Mr. Dashner, sir, I am not satisfied by this.
      I am glad you appreciated the Thomas and Friends remark. It is a common joke in my household.


  2. Yesss. I totally agree with you about The Maze Runner series. The only character I really cared about was Newt and then … I know a lot of people really like the series but it was just meh for me.

    I actually really liked the All The Wrong Questions series but I think most of that was because I was never a hardcore fan of The Series Of Unfortunate events. I just kind of liked it. I can totally see where you’re coming from though.

    I’ll have to come back to this post if I ever read any of the other series. 😉

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    1. Yes! Someone else who understands my Maze Runner issues!
      I get how someone who isn’t as terribly attached to A Series of Unfortunate Events as I am would like All the Wrong Questions- When I look at it rationally I can see some really good things about it, but my emotions refuse to accept it. My life is hard.
      Thanks for your comments, I really appreciate them!

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      1. I know, right? You’re probably one of the first people I’ve met who wasn’t in love with them. xD
        Hehe … yeah. I can see how that would be hard. *pats* You’ll be able to get through it. Oh! So I’m slightly curious, but have you read Lemony Snicket Unauthorized Autobiography? If so, what did you make of it?
        And no problem! 😀

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      2. I have read it! I really enjoyed it, actually. I thought it was formatted uniquely and even though it didn’t answer many of my Very Important Questions, (which are probably the wrong ones anyway) it was interesting and infuriatingly intriguing. I thought it complimented the original series, and gave a glimpse into some of the history behind it. What did you think of it?


  3. I haven’t read all of these, but I whole-heartedly agree with your opinion of Heroes of Olympus and All the Wrong Questions. Another series that I was quite bitter about is the Secret Series by Pseudonymous Bosch. The end was so pathetically disappointing and so many loose ends were never tied up.

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    1. Don’t you just despise it when you can tell the author had no idea where the story was going? I can forgive that in a first draft, (I mean, I never know what I am doing when I write first drafts,) but in a published book? By now there should be some semblance of order.

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  4. Yeah, I stopped reading The Maze Runner after the first book and have no plans to continue. I also wasn’t satisfied with the way The Heros of Olympus ended. I didn’t really have a problem with Night like you did, but I did feel like the author became too focused on setting up his next series as opposed to finishing his current one.

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    1. Yes, The Maze Runner was so disappointing! I am BITTER. It is probably better not to get too involved. You were wise to desist.
      I think you are right that the author of The Heroes of Olympus probably lost interest in what he was writing. It explains everything.
      Thank you for your thoughts! They are greatly appreciated by this humble sponge.

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      1. I think my dislike for the Maze Runner also stems from it being so hyped. So many people loved it, and that made me feel like I’d missed something when I didn’t.

        Yeah, I mean, I’m sure it’s hard to keep interest for a long series with the same characters like that . . . but then, the trials of Apollo has the same characters all over again so IDK.

        You’re welcome. I’m glad my thoughts were appreciated. 🙂

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      2. It is so hard to keep characters interesting! (As a writer I know this from painful experience.) But that just helps me to appreciate it even more when authors succeed in doing that. (Personally I think that J.K. Rowling did an excellent job of keeping her huge cast of characters engaging for seven books. The more books I read where this isn’t the case, the more I appreciate what she accomplished.)

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      3. Yes, it is hard to keep characters interesting. In my own work, making readers care about my characters is a priority even though I find plotting more interesting.

        A story with an interesting plot and bland characters is boring. A story with interesting characters and a boring plot is probably all right.

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  5. Wait, WAIT!!! My dear Sponge! How far into the Ranger’s Apprentice did you read? For I, also, loved Gilan, and though it has been a dismally long time since I’ve read the books and I’m afraid my memory is fuzzy, I do believe that he not only comes back, but also is very happy in the end (but like I said it’s been a long time so please don’t hate me if that’s not actually true *hides*)!

    Also you are a fantastic writer and I love your blog 😀

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    1. I read through book six of Ranger’s Apprentice, I believe. And I did hear from some friends that Gilan popped back up again at some point, and I am glad that he gets a happy ending, but no one ever told me that it explains his bizarre absence, and I can’t really forgive that, even if he shows up somewhere later in the series. That is all there is to it for me. I am glad that you too loved Gilan! He is wonderful.
      Thank you so much! I am pleased that you like it. Thank you for stopping by!


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