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3.0 out of 5 starsYou will want to read the first books in the series.
Reviewed in the United States on May 29, 2019
All I remember is it was an interesting read that I enjoyed. It was the last book in a series.
1.0 out of 5 starsWorst ending in hundreds of books I have read.
Reviewed in the United States on August 12, 2016
I have to agree with another reader that this is by far, the worst ending of any book I have ever read. I seriously felt like the author was saying a big 'Stuff You' in the last few paragraphs. It made me feel like I wasted days of my time reading this series. Up until this point I would have given it a 3 or maybe a 4 out of 5, as it did seem to drag on and on sometimes. Ian Irvine feels by putting more action on top of more action and carrying this on for chapters at a time you get a great read - this is not the case in my opinion. I could have been written well in 3 books instead of 4.
I believe this is a ploy by the author to motivate us to buy the next books - I will not and I will not recommend these books to anyone now.
Every time I go to a book store I glance down in the Science Fiction section to see that the store still carries Ian's other series "The View from The Mirror." Ian Irvine is an extraordinary writer; one that deserves more publicity than 2-3 books of a 4 book series sitting on the bottom shelf.
These novels are remarkable and easily warrant reading along side "greats" like Harry Potter and Diane Duane's "Young Wizards," and Lord of the Rings. I feel bad name dropping like this because I know the entire series, and with that said, all of Ian's work can stand by itself.
Chimaera, the last book of Ian's second "Three Worlds" (third if you are looking chronologically with respect to the book's universe) series. It details the demise of many of Ian's main characters throughout this series and in true Irvine style, ends on a spectacular cliff hanger. Followed by Ian's next series the Song of the Tears and the first book "Fate of the Fallen," Chimaera and it's entire series is a wonderful prelude.
5.0 out of 5 starstheres another after this and it got a bit hectic
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 14, 2015
good read through the first parts of the series and I though this would be as good being the last in the series and a wrap up ..... I thought but there's another after this and this got hectic and hard to read. the plot became too intense... not buying the last
Ian Irvine seems to be another member of the unresolved and unhappy endings brigade. Worse than that at the end of Chimaera you are led into "The song of the tears" trilogy which looks like it drops half the characters from Chimaera and looks from the Wiki likely to be just as disappointing as "The well of echoes".