At last, after eight books, Simon Green wraps up the Deathstalker series. This second saga has not, for me, matched up to the first. Its characters and story did not grip me the way the first saga did. I think part of the problem was that Green wrapped up the majority of his mythology in Deathstalker Destiny, leaving only the Terror as the single hanging plot strand. Knowing that he couldn't revolve a whole further trilogy around just the Terror, he created a further story around it, involving Finn Durandal and the rebellion against him, which never quite clicked for me.
This book isn't particularly better than the others in the trilogy, but I've given it one extra star because it does end the series so perfectly. All the remaining loose ends are finally wrapped up, there are still a few neat surprises and easter eggs in store, and the ending was surprisingly moving and even beautiful. I absolutely have to give Green credit for the incredible tale he has spun.
Even so, I still maintain that this second trilogy was a slight disappointment based on my love of the first saga. But, wouldn't you know it, at the end I nearly cried, and now I'm sad that it's all over and there's no more to read. While most people enjoy Deathstalker purely on a basic level (and let's face it, it is damn good fun) it has deeply affected me and sucked me right into its universe, where I was immersed for a long time. I could not be more happy with the way everything was resolved, and with each character's final fate.
Thank you, Simon Green, for giving me the pleasure of sharing in your imagination and allowing me to enjoy a reading experience in a way that I rarely do. Long live the Deathstalker Clan.