Beat Down Of The Ages – With Avatar Ending. There is another Lake Union author whose books I *love* and who is known for writing about a particular idea and spinning amazing stories about it. Here, Holmes walks onto that author’s turf and absolutely *destroys* her. That is how much *better* than those other ones this book is – and remember, I *loved* those other books (indeed, I’ve rated all of them 5*). It *does* have an Avatar-style ending though, and it worked it well to allow for either a true standalone book or even the possibility of coming back to this world. Simply an excellent book, and if this represents a new direction for Holmes, I can’t wait to see what else she puts out!