Shop now Shop now Shop now  Up to 50% Off Fashion  Shop all Amazon Fashion Cloud Drive Photos Shop now Learn More Shop now Shop now Shop Fire Shop Kindle Shop now Shop now Shop now
Customer Review

5.0 out of 5 stars Not perfect, but a good conclusion to a fine series, 19 Feb. 2010
This review is from: Full Circle: The Castings trilogy: Book Three (Paperback)
Having read the previous reviews of Full Circle, I can understand their reservations about the final part of the Castings trilogy. At the same time, I still think it stands well above most other recent fantasy, so for me a five-star rating is justified.

The problems with Full Circle don't really arise until the final 100 pages. Until then, the novel is well up to the standard of its predecessors. Saker's genocidal campaign continues, while those with the power to stop him still have their doubts about whether they should. Characterisation is as strong as ever, with more narrative space given to a wider cast of characters including Leof and Martine. The first two thirds of the novel are as satisfying as Blood Ties and Deep Water.

It's in the big finale that things start to go wrong. There's simply too much happening in too few pages, with some characters suddenly seeming to lose all of their previous agendas and resources (Thegan in particular). It isn't that there's anything wrong with the way that the story is resolved, and there are elements of it that are deeply moving. It just feels as if everything is happening too quickly. I don't know whether Freeman had to rush this to meet a publisher's deadline, but that's the way it feels in places. There's also an unfortunate echo of the conclusion to Stephenie Meyer's Breaking Dawn, which one imagines is not the kind of comparison that Freeman was going for.

I've given Full Circle five stars because much of it is excellent and because, despite its faults, it's still among the best fantasy of recent years. I'd recommend the Castings trilogy as essential reading and as something genuinely new and distinctive in the fantasy genre. I just wish that Full Circle was about 50 pages longer.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
  [Cancel]


Review Details

Item

Reviewer


Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,884,917