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The Executioner's Cane (The Gathandrian Trilogy) Paperback – August 16, 2013
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She tried to redeem Ralph, but he had been too broken and the redemption seemed very artificial. I would have liked this book if she had made Johan the love interest.
There were other issues. I found myself just thinking many times that I was sad that the series wasn't better, because it was clearly an ambitious project. I liked the author's prose and could see enjoying books written by her, but only if she starts giving characters some input into who they end up with.
Additionally, the constant discussion of Simon's cowardice got really old. What he really was was fearful. He was afraid of everything. Does being afraid make one a coward? She never really addresses that. In the final book, Simon is filled with self-blame, and ends up being sort of a Christ metaphor, as he is universally blamed for things that were really the doing of others. She never really addresses that either, so apparently we are supposed to take it at face value that the blame was warranted. And, of course, all of this horror is the result of Ralph's power play and cruelty, but apparently this author is of the "we can't choose who we love" camp, so if you accidentally fall in love with a total jerk, oh well!