I really liked the other books in the series, but this one feels more like a piece of 'tween girl fan fiction. All the characters loose their depth and the audience gets exactly what they've wanted over the years. There is even a Longknife fan character in the book who prattles on like a 14 year old Twilight devotee. Kris and Jack hook up, but Shepherd's usual depth and insight are missing. In fact, depth and insight are missing from the entire book.
The war crimes trial was more in keeping with the standards of the previous books, but that's pretty much the only well-written part of the book. There is plenty of action, and the overall story is advanced, but this book is definitely the low point in the series so far.
The audio performance was on par with the previous books in the series. It's not Dina Perlman's fault if the book is a stinker.
The last installment in the Otori saga is just as good as the previous three. The ending of this book is very emotional and different in tone from the other books. This is one of the best books I've read this year, if not ever. If you have not read the other novels, I would highly recommend them because they are some of the best books written in recent years. Fans of all genres should like all Hearn's books.
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