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An inferior end to a superior tale...,
This review is from: Journey Into the Void: The Sovereign Stone Trilogy (Paperback)
A shame. A real, shame... The first two books of the series were totally captivating; the finest aspect was the excellent characterisation. I found myself enthralled and moved by Patch, Dunner, Dagnarus, Gustav and particularly the characters within the beautifully crafted paradox of the Elven Nation. The gentile yet violent land of the elves did borrow heavily from Feudal Japanese culture, but I can't think of a more delicate and sensitive portrayal of a poignant moment between two main characters in a book, than with the chance meeting in a garden between Silwyth and the doomed Valura. Ships that pass in the night, perfectly done...
The second book left us all on a knife edge... But that edge was dulled by the formulaic rush of the final instalment, to arrive at some sort of plot resolution. The characters were to my mind eroded by a tangibly forced exposition. I felt that the main characters, which the authors had made me feel so attached to in the past, were simply walked through a series of predictable set-pieces so that the story could be set up for what felt more like a wind-down than a climax. Perhaps it was too much to answer within one book of fewer than 600 pages? The long awaited reckonings between the original characters of the first book never really happened. Certain pivotal characters just seemed to give up the ghost and were simply not referred to again or written out with a whimper rather than with the roar that I expected.
Lastly, I think it is a measure of a good book not to require an epilogue which rushes us through what, why and how the key characters finally finish up as a result of where the story apparently ends - what is worse is it is done like the authors are sketching out their shopping list... Massive events and implications are summarised in just a few words.
An inferior end to a superior tale...