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A disappointing end
on 7 June 2014
I enjoyed the previous books in the series, but felt totally let down by this one. Frankly there is little drama in it, and much of the suspense that has been building over the previous four books is punctured in a few rushed moments. In particular the character of Alured, built up as the great threat over the horizon, is first fatally compromised and then dispatched in a couple of brief scenes. A number of threads I was expected to see resolved were left hanging, and the treatment of others appeared perfunctory.
I was left with the sense of an author who had tired of the world she had created, and was writing this as a contractual obligation. Anyone who has read the previous four books will obviously want to read this as well, but... you have been warned.