'Beyond the Wall of Time' is the 3rd book in "The Broken Man" trilogy by Russell Kirkpatrick. It could be legitimately considered the 6th book in a double trilogy, if you combined the "Fire of Heaven" and "The Broken Man" trilogies as connected sets.
This book continues to follow the story of our three main protagonists; Stella...Queen of Faltha, wife of Leith (King of Faltha) and at one point in the distant past was the unwilling consort to the Destroyer, Noetos...fisherman of Fossa and unbeknown to most, the heir to the Dukedom of Roudhos, and finally Lenares...Cosmographer (a sere, who sees everything in terms of numbers and uses this talent to get a 'feel' for the future). Of course there are many other party member with major parts to play in this wonderful fantasy.
*No specific SPOILERS, but read at your own risk*
After months of travels, our diverse (and often separated) travelers finally arrive at Fortress Andratan where the much anticipated showdown is about to occur. The journey has been one that has been anything but easy; they've encountered many obstacles during their trek, including arduous geographic challenges, unfriendly people and frequent storms of nature that seem not quite natural. Add to this the character flaws and hidden agendas and you get an unpredictable tale of high adventure and intrigue.
Anyone who is familiar with my other reviews on fantasy, may be aware of how important the 'believability' factor is for me in this genre; believability, of course, within the context for fantasy. And although it didn't quite reach that point, the believability factor seemed to be definitely stretched. Let me explain...
For all I loved this series, I found myself wondering sometimes at the 'continuation' of some of the happenings of this tale. Just when something seems to have reached a conclusion (not necessarily at the end, but many times in side tales throughout this final book), something else pops up to extend the event...there was always one more thing that unexpectedly happens to what appears, for all intents and purposes, 'a done deal'. It was like the author just couldn't leave well-enough alone. This concern is a little difficult to explain adequately without giving away important details of the story, but unfortunately this technique took a little bit of the glow off this final book for me.
The epilogue; a little sentimental, a little sappy, but a just outcome for those that survived this ordeal...and I can live with that.
Overall, a double trilogy of the highest order. A great fantasy story, superbly written and told. With a cast of unique characters that have a host of human flaws and shortcomings, i.e. real people traits. This book...4 1/2 Stars. The series...5 Stars.