|Submitted by Scott Sheedy|
(Apr 25, 2000)
Wow! Another great trilogy from Robin Hobb concluded. The third book kicks off immediately where we last left Althea, Kennit, Reyn & co. There are still a few surprises in store, and most of the loose ends are neatly wrapped up.
The characters vividly come to life through this series, and it is engossing to watch them develop towards the climax of the 3 book series.
There is a minor sense of "neatness" - in the bringing together of the plot to it's 'present' conclusion. This is perhaps symptomatic of the "3rd book" syndrome. However this is a very minor point - and should not detract from what is definately a great story. Let's hope Robin's next series continues on such outstanding work.
On a scale of wife complaints (1 = minimal issue as my book is read only when she is asleep...to 5 = Nag,nag-silent treatment for reading at every possible moment !) this book is a 5 !
P.S. It's good to finally see a release in Australia prior to U.S!