Reviewed by: Douglas C. Meeks
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team
Well this is the 5th book in this series I have reviewed and while it was not my favorite it was possibly the most disturbing for many reasons. In most epic fantasy you have some bit of tragedy and while this series has been very light on that aspect, this book seemed to have brought it about in a large measure (mostly in very slight detail, thankfully).
As with the other books this one has at least two main plots going and several lesser plots along the way. It also uses a different method to relate the story since it is somewhat being told as a history to the soon to be new King Ryan. This allows for some breaks in the action, but I still found myself scanning large parts of this book. I knew certain things were coming and did not need pages and pages of descriptions and conversations that added little to the plot or movement of the story.
The thing is, as with the other books, there is a very good story going on. Although it was not mentioned, you can guess how some of the main plot is going to occur. I enjoyed the ending and the explanations that went with it. In large part, his Grandmother tells Ryan the story, thus he could ask questions which allowed more detailed explanations of how things occurred.
Bottom Line: Another good story, told too long (is there a rule that says you can’t write a great epic fantasy novel in 250 pages?), characters I loved, some old some new and a bit of a hook into the next (last?) book which I may have to wait a long time to read after immersing myself in this world for the last 2 weeks on and off. 4 Stars