I am disappointed that so many reviewers hated the ending. I hope to provide a different perspective because I found the entire series to be powerful and bittersweet. There are quantum mechanical and metaphysical references that explained to my satisfaction what was going on. Some listeners might have missed these when skipping forward?
Mercy's enemies finally mess up and give her the power to challenge their plotting. Because of her love for her family,friends, and other innocent bystanders hurt by Line politics, she tries to keep their best interests in mind while protecting herself and diffusing the evil done by her enemies. She puts the happiness of others in front of her own, and moves out of their lives, but her family's love for her brings her back once again. Maybe not all of the questions are fully answered, but most those answers are implied, especially when the reader remembers that Mercy prefers to choose the path of love, sacrifice, honor and forgiveness.
I am sorry that other reviewers were unable to get beyond "yuck, it is a romance". Of course it is; it is a story about alchemy - the metaphysical marriage of chemicals to create other compounds. I enjoyed the story very much. It reminds me of struggles within my own life - searching for my "magic", accepting myself as both dark and light, learning that love is far more than lust, and struggling to communicate with and to trust a life partner. There is a lot of wisdom in the book - if one is willing to go beneath the surface.
This is a dramatization of the story. I have neither read nor listened to the original story.
There are no people like the Brits for putting books to TV, radio, or other cinematic endeavor. They stay true to the author, unlike Hollywood folk who have the brass to think they can improve on the original. True to form, this cast is excellent! As always, the BBC has done an excellent job!
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