Much better than average,
This review is from: Full Circle: The Castings trilogy: Book Three (Paperback)I was worried that the final episode might not reach the standard set by the other two books. No dissapointment - it was equally as good. Maybe a bit too much happening as the threads and characters are brought together but enjoyable all the same.
The novels show a deep humanity and awareness of a wider society, reminicant of Le Guin. They are also remarkably unsentimental - which is always a great relief. People don't come through unscathed and unchanged while a number don't make it at all. All through the series there have been short chapters where a minor, often incidental, character tells their story. This provides a wider understanding of the world and its problems but also has a further purpose as revealed towards the end.
The conflict at the centre of the story is not simple-minded good v. bad. Both 'sides' (there are people who are not really on either) have their reasons, behave stupidly or inhumanely and cling to their own interpretations of the past to justify the present. It's more like a real-world unresolvable struggle for land and rights ( N. Ireland or the Middle East come to mind). Although in this imaginary world there is magic and intervening deities, the story is human-centered.
Saker seeks to escalate his war of liberation by making his army of the dead even more invunerable. Fear makes tension rise further between the peoples. Some hide while others turn to violence. Ash starts to explore his new abilities and find a purpose in life but his past catches up with him. Along with him, Bramble raises the dead to help defeat Saker but finds herself drawn into a relationship with no future. Sailing along the coast, Martine finds greater peace and strength but Safred faces a crisis. Faced with a moral choice, Leof can no longer remain loyal to Thegan, his ambitious and ruthless lord. All head for the city of Turvite as the powers unleashed start to get out of control, threatening the lives of all the peoples.