If you enjoyed the previous books with no complaint, then this is for you.
The books that followed 'The Protector's War' turned me off from S. M. Sterling books. I only finished the series out of my foolish need to finish what I start. His descriptive writing style gripped me in the first three books of this series because it was used to describe the world as it changed. Once that change was complete I got tired of hearing the same descriptions. By the fifth book it was clear that Matilda wasn't attractive, that Rudy was, that 'changlings' got tired of hearing about the pre-change world, what each and every battle cry is durring a fight, what the smell of battle was like, what the callouses are like on the hands of a fighter, and how deft everyone who was raised by a ruler is at making strategic decisions.
I was also frustrated by how much time Sterling used to set up the next few books in the series. I didn't care about the children that would be the adventurers in the next series. It felt like he was just writing to sell more books.
Todd McLaren was an effective narrator for the series. I don't want to detract from his reading at all. I put all of the blame on this series to S. M. Sterling
Other books in the series perhaps, but this book was a frustrating read with little closure.
If you have gotten to this book then you've dedicated some serious time to these characters. Like me, you'll probably read it anyway. Just don't be disappointed if it doesn't provide any of the closure you were hoping for. I really enjoyed the first three books in this series, but the magic of the founding leaders was lost by this time. Even the final battle was disappointing. I'd say more, but details would be too filled with spoilers.
I would absolutely listen to this book again. It was one of the few books my husband and I both fell in love with. Enzo, the dog, is so wise and empathetic. Writing the book from his perspective added much needed whimsy and optimism to an otherwise tragic story.
This book had many. The ending was really special.
Enzo's last night with Eve was amazing.
"That which you manifest is before you."
This book managed to fill me with more joy than the usual "Old Yeller" syndrome that other dog books have. Because the book starts at the end I wasn't as devastated as usual when I finished the book. It was also wonderful hearing Enzo's logical explanations for regular dog behavior. Of course my dog suffered because I'd say "Enzo wouldn't do that!" every time he misbehaved.
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