|Submitted by MrFantasy |
(Jan 01, 2006)
Firstly, I thought this series began very well. The Runelords (book 1) introduced a world with a new twist on magic, as well as several intriguing historical, political and cultural aspects (such as Raj Ahten and the Indhopalese, the "Days" and Dedicates). I was drawn in by the contrast of the hero's reliance on intelligence and insight to counter the villain's obvious wealth and indestructability. I felt this series had great promise and looked eagerly forward to the following books.
Sadly, I was disappointed. By the time I got to this last book in the series, everything of value in the story had been discarded. The most interesting hints and teases of earlier book were left completely unexplored and almost every storyline that had been started was suddenly and arbitrarily closed. Rune Magic? Forget about it. The Sum of All Men? Never mind. Reavers? Meh.
This book represents the worst for me... a series that starts with so much promise and ends like the author got tired of his creation and just wanted it over with.