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Good, but not as good as the first two.
on 25 June 2010
The review title says it all. Yes, I love this book, but in my opinion, it is not of the same quality as the first two.
I was still hooked, I had waited years for this book to be released after all, but I found myself drifting off to do other things rather than read this all the way through. The last two books, particularly Shadowplay, I could not put down.
There were situations in this book which resolved themselves too easily for my liking, and some of the "difficulties" for the characters were actually not that difficult. Some situations just made little sense to the actual plot. Some of the conflict seemed to be filler, nothing meaty to really get to grips with.
One of the main character's within this series, the guard captain Ferras Vansen, seems to become a completely different character from the previous books, but not in a development way, rather just for the sake of the story. This is a shame as he has always been one of the most likeable characters to read. Also, I kept having a sense of de ja vu with some of the other characters, particularly Chert and his "son" Flint. Flint was not as prominent in the second book, as if Williams had nothing for this character to do, so he just laid him up in bed in a feverish state until this point in the series, and boom all of a sudden Flint is back to his usual wanderings, just like in book 1.
However, it was still a good read. The mythology, the world, the mysteries etc were all engrossing and wonderfully intricate. I felt myself being pulled into the story, however jarring it was at times.
Still worth reading, but an inferior to it's sisters.