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The Pity Stone (The Sparrow and the Wolf) (Volume 3) Paperback – February 24, 2015
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It was a very good yarn and you liked and at times loved the characters. I laughed and I cried and enjoy every minute of my time in his world. More please
It is keep getting better and better until the end, you will treasure every page.
This third book is a closure. Thank you Mr. Stead for this wonderful book.
Stead pulls all this off as the Sparrow and the Wolf trilogy comes to an impressive end with 'The Pity Stone'. Narak the Wolf God travels ever north into frozen wastes in search of the dragons who brought down the god mages. Meanwhile, Pascha the Sparrow God finds she is a god mage and faces the truth of her powers and history. She learns what she must do to end the threat to her people: not only is the threat not what it first seemed to be, the resolution is not what it first appears to be. The central mystery of the first two books -- who or what is killing the Benetheon gods? -- is subsumed into a larger problem: how to save humanity itself from extinction.
I felt the revelation of what the assassin was to be more of a shock than the later revelation of exactly who he or she was, but both revelations, and the resolution, are very well handled.
As for dragons, they are so familiar, and can be used in so many different ways, that they are difficult to handle in a way that doesn't distort the shape of a story, or turn them into a deus ex machina. Without giving a little too much away, I can only say that Stead just pulls this off. The best aspects of Stead's writings are the things that are different -- the Benetheon gods themselves; the all but unkillable death-born warriors; the Seth Yarra and their rigid adherence to The Book. Along with the twists and turns of the war, how the overall threat shifts, the clever resolution of difficulties and the curiously human problems faced by the immortals, these are the things I will remember from the novels.
The Sparrow and the Wolf trilogy is an impressive piece of work, set in a world of complexity and wonder, of real people and magic. I was satisfied with the conclusion, and saddened to leave the world.