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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 15 February 2010
This was definitly a great book for ending the Song of the Tears trilogy.
First of all, before i begin this, you should at least have read the previous Quartet (The Well of Echoes) so you are up to date with the characters and the events before this book.
This trilogy takes place 10 years after the events of the Well of Echoes

There is not much wish to write for fear of giving away the plot. What i must say, is that if you enjoyed the first two books, then you'll love this one.
We even get to revisit some of the characters from the other series. (However, some are more unexpected than others.)

I admit that i find Ian Irvine's writing style slightly tedious to be reading along with a few noticable wording and grammar mistakes but don't let that put you off!
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on 29 June 2013
As usual Ian Irvine gives fantastic value. Interest is kept throughout the whole story . I am so looking forward to reading more of his books
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 26 March 2009
I really love this series of books i really do, but i start getting bored after the 8th time our heroes have managed to escape from impossible odds, within one battle. I really enjoy the overall story arc and love the way Nish has evolved throughout the series, but at times i find myself skimming through text because i am getting fed up of finding the main characters getting out of one unescapeable situation, only to be confronted by an even bigger threat. Another thing that always slightly annoyed me with the series was the way our heroes could create new forms of magic or something else thats completely ridiculous to save themselves from whatever situation there in. I seem to recall in an earlier book our characters being in a completely unwinnable situation only to find that one of the characters had magic stones inbedded into his skin which he could remove and use as and when, which had never been mentioned in any previous book or any moment up to that point and could have been used numerous times when they were in similar situations.

For Me Ian Irvine is an excellent writer, but it seems to me that he comes up with a plan for the main arc of the story and then just freehands the rest making up new magic techniques and skills as he goes along. Its like watching a Bond Movie (Q always seems to know exactly what gadget he'll need for each mission and theres never a gadget Bond doesnt use).

DONT LET THAT PUT YOU OFF THOUGH!!!

As much as ive had a moan about the style of the writing i couldnt recommend this series of books enough. Obviously if you havent read this series before DO NOT start with this Trilogy, as you wont have a clue whats going on. If you dont fancy reading all the series start with Geomancer and if you enjoy that series then maybe have a look at the earlier ones after youve read up to here. If you have read all the books up to this one and have enjoyed them, then expect more of the same action packed fighting and trying to win a war against unmountable odds!!
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on 31 May 2014
Excellent book,could not put it down,will recommend to any one who like this kind of books,I would read it all over again.
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on 2 June 2014
Great ending to a great saga from geomancer to this thoroughly enjoyed it
Would recommend it to any fantasy lover
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on 2 December 2014
One of my all time favourite authors. Excellent story line following on from the series and a real page turner.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Ian's is a name that you can pretty much guarantee a good quality book by. With this, his 11th offering in the "Three World's" series you know that its going to be something special when you see the confrontation that he has lined up. Whilst it's a pretty descent thick book, Ian's writing style makes it feel pretty light and his masterful understanding of pace as well as tender hooking moments will more than keep the reader glued to early morning as "Just one more page" becomes the mantra of choice.

A great offering in the series and one that will definitely keep the fans more than happy. However, if you're a novice start at the beginning as otherwise you'd lose a lot of not only the build up but the character development alongside descent plot outlines.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 22 January 2009
I purchased this book the day it was released and finished it within three days. It's truly epic in everything from the story ( which encompasses past story lines from the 'View from the mirror' series and 'the well of echoes' series), Characters, Setting and Atmosphere. How Ian Irvine has managed to write a series consisting of 11 books, all of which in my opinion rank up there with best fantasy books of all time is astonishing. He has definately established himself as one of the best (if not the best) fantasy writers of this generation.And this book is an awsome conclusion to an awsome series. So much so that I would say the 'Three Worlds trilogy' of books are the best fantasy series ever written (even more so than 'The Lord Of The Rings' Trilogy which I have read 12 times and used to rank as my numero uno). He can do no wrong and I can't wait for his next series of books, but in the meantime I'l just have to content myself with reading all 11 books again (what a shame!).
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on 12 March 2015
VERY PLEASED :-)
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 15 March 2009
I've just finished this final book of the trilogy. I've been quite pleased to see how it finally ends. I really love this strange fantasy setting, the originality of this story without really all-dark or all-white characters. After so many books, it's like returning to old friends. Yet they have changed, we see some new and as always, the ultimate goal is quite different than previously thought.

Yet I had a feeling of a bit too much. Too much 'yet another desperate situation where we have to fight 10000 vs 1' and maybe the strange feeling that the author used a bit too much its might as Sole and Only God on the universe he creates in his books to bend the story in the way intended. It felt a little awkward to see some people reappearing over and over again as if Ian Irvine felt he had not finished to deal with this or that character but now he's gotten that way, it'll have to have a weaker reason to bring it back rather than trying to rethink the whole story to have a more satisfying arc.
Maybe a bit more thoroughly thought plot would not hurt, sometimes it let the feeling that it's been improvised or we just see Ian Irvine pondering what to do next with this character and hesitating about its fate.

However most of this find a credible explanation even if sometimes a bit far-fetched and there is really little real plot-hole. An epic conclusion and a satisfactory end to an epic Great Tale.
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