I found the original series to be pretty good, not great but good. So when i found another book in the same world i was curious. This book could by and large be on its own with only a few tweaks. The world as you know it is gone. Several hundred years have passed since the last book and the story of the chosen is now distorted legend. Somehow it seems as though the north has again split into three kingdoms and that the world has gone stupid.
Something apparently happened to make not only the split occur, but to have all people fear knowledge. Books, those to write or read them are outcasts from society. Sometimes even being killed. The problem is we are not told why that is. You would think that such a huge change would require an explanation, but the author saw differently apparently. As someone who read the first three books i found this a huge disappointment. Only one character makes an appearance and we are not told WHY they are doing what they are doing(the why they are doing it the WAY they are is easy though). They are seen only on occasion and are only used as a plot device to puch the story along.
On its own it is an okay but short book, but when you have read the original series it comes off as a waste of time, an attaemt for quick cash, and a blot on the authors otherwise good series.