It feels a bit silly reviewing the fifth book in a series so I'll make this simple. At this point you already know what to expect and you're already invested.
It has everything we come to love with the series. A continuation of a really epic and broad scale tale. Richly detailed medieval world to get lost in with plenty of lore. Some of the characters who we missed in the last book are back. Some of the characters have very interesting character growth which is the best part of the book.
It also has all the problems with the series. Lots of POV hopping, this time it feels like there are more minor characters and most are hard to feel attached to or interesting. While the scenes changes tend to stay in the same general area it still takes a while with each chapter to remember who is who and figure out what is happening.
I think this is the weakest of the series books. While it does have the trademark surprise moments it feels very much like it is just setting up the pieces for the next book. At this point the story scope is so big picture it hard to feel invested half the time and feel like a history lesson.
If you read the other four books you're already invested and there are some significant plot points you'll need to know before the next book. Just be prepared for a long and slow story.
Jennifer L. DeVall
Great ending and I can't wait for the next one. I am not sure when the next one is, but I will get it when it does.
Fan of the series
These books would be better read by more than one voice actor. Roy Dotrice does wonderful job but at some point, you run out of voice intonations or accents that the listener has to rewind several times just to make sure they are keeping the characters intact in their heads.
Dad, Husband, Writer, Corporate Wage Slave
this book could easily convey its entire content in about a third of the time. I like long books and long running series, but this installment really dragged into the doldrums. if I were reading the text instead of listening to the book, I would have put it down and probably never finished.
great book, can't wait for more, Roy Dotrice it's amazing again, I hope he can narrate the last two books. they won't be the same without him. can't wait for season 6 either.....what am I gonna do now?