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This review is from: Guardians of Paradise (Hidden Empire) (Paperback)
This third instalment gives the impression of having written before the first two ("Principles of Angels" and "Consorts of Heaven":
It contains numerous strands that are barely woven together, the writing is far less tight than in the "earlier" two volumes, character motivation is superficial (especially the implausible relationship between Nual and Taro), the intended audience seems to be adolescents (again, both in terms of writing style and content), and the overall sensation one is left with is boredom at a pointless story populated with uninteresting characters. For example, both Jarek (the "Sais" from "Consorts") and Nual have degenerated into caricatures of their previous depictions.
Ultimately, the whole concept (humanity threatened by an age-old enemy with supernatural powers) outstays its welcome.