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on 26 September 2013
Let me begin by saying I have read the first two books in the series.
I thought the first book was a bit flaky - clearly a debut - but it showed a lot of promise, with interesting characters with dubious morals.
The second book was a big improvement. It was written more clearly and the structure worked well. The visits to Jorg's past and the relevance of these events to the current story was a good device, and the story was exciting.

Unfortunately, I thought the third book a bit of a mess. The main character is still strong and compelling but it seems as if it was written in a rush. The author has hundreds of good ideas and crams them all in unnecessarily like a pizza with too many toppings.

Major faults:
...'Chella's story' A new viewpoint from the necromancer. Why did anyone think this was a good idea? I think the editor should have had a word. I didn't care about Chella, her motives could have been explained in a line. You could miss all her chapters out and the story would be unaffected. It seemed to be there to merely showcase the new enemy (who is rubbish)

...'The Dead' Zombies are the most boring enemies. I realise the leader of Jorg's main enemies in the book had to be dead due to the twist (which you will see a mile coming) but why the rest of them. People with motives and emotions are far more interesting!

...Makin, Rike, Kent, Gorgoroth. Key supporting characters in the other books the brothers, do nothing except a quick scrap at the end.

...The 'magic'. There are wasted opportunities in this book - sworn-this and sworn-that could have been expanded rather than been throwaway. Also in the first two Jorg had to 'earn' his 'magic': eating hearts/getting burned etc. By the end of this one he just 'wills' stuff. Lazy

...The ending. SPOILER. Great, so he's kind of sacrificed himself and thats the end of that. I'd be happy with that if he hadn't returned as a ghost. As. A. Ghost.

Minor Faults:
...The story in the present is basically a long trip on a wagon with a few baddies slowing them up.

...The structure is very similar to the second book which I have no problem with except that in a year trip around the broken empire Jorg finds everything he needs to meet his personal goals in perfect chronological order that he needs them in.

...Jorg might be morally ambiguous but he is perfect in every other way. The 'stick fighting' bit is ridiculous. He was rubbish with a sword in book 2, but according to book 3 by the age of ten he knew everything about the world, 5 languages and was awesome at stick fighting. One or two special skills learned - fair enough; A bucket loads of skills just makes him seem unrealistic.

...Some of the comments characters make just don't make sense - its like they were muddled up. I ended up reading sections through several times then giving up on getting any meaning

...Babies getting born in the middle of a siege / fight.

I could go on, but looking at the other reviews, its clear most people liked it and I'm in the minority. I can see why - Jorg is engaging enough to drag the reader through. For me, it was an incredibly frustrating read and could have been so much more

EDIT: I have failed to point out there are good points about this book - the 5 years ago bit is good. I think you should read it if you have read the other two, its probably worth it. Also I will buy his next book! I just didn't like the execution of this one. - Sorry!
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