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on 21 March 2010
It's very hard to review this, the fourth Shows of the apt, without spoilage, but I shall at least try and keep it to minor spoilage.
I have thoroughly enjoyed this series, especially the brilliant 'Dragonfly falling' which is a modern fantasy classic. There was also still a lot to enjoy here too
HOWEVER (you knew that was coming right?) The sheer scale of world events portrayed here rather sweep away all the personalities, sub plots and relationships which were all part of the series early charms. In order to have a presence in all the battle arena's all our hero's are sent their seperate ways and sometimes for rather contrived reasons. Also having gradually built the pace and story depth, all the plot elements converge and conclude a bit too quickly, without time to dwell on the passing of heroes and enjoy the comeuppances of villians.
I also cannot quite believe who the author has chosen to kill off! certainly my favourite characters which is ok, this is a war after all, but there is still another book to come and a major draw for me has now gone.
I am not sure where the story will now go, there is a conclusion of sorts here along with the promise of further action, but my fear is now that any further stories will be a bit of an anti climax and I would rather another story on the same world or one set a 100 years on. However my enjoyment of this series has been so much and that I will buy 'Scarab Path' when it comes out but my expectations are now significantly reduced.
A brilliant author but I can't help feel he struggled to keep sheer scale of the world he created under control.