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SPOILERS (general theme only...no specific detail given)
This final book follows Jute (and several others) in his quest to understand and develop his special gift...his ability to summon and control the wind. His difficultly in grasping the use of this wondrous skill has come at an inopportune time as the land of Tormay, as the region has drawn the undivided attention of a very powerful and sinister demon. A dark creature who has bidded his time for centuries and has now decided the conditions are ripe for him to take this peaceful land for his own.
1.) author Bunn has possibly some of the best descriptive talent I've read. There are several treks in this novel...on land, through underground passages, dungeons and castles etc. and they all simple ooze with tension, atmosphere and a sense of foreboding. Spine tingling!
2.) lots of action and intrigue leading up to a great finale! A battle of epic proportions.
3.) the book finishes with a short narrative of what happened to several the main protagonist, after the final battle i.e. what they did with the rest of their lives. Being the sentimentalist I am, I've always liked this type of finish for aging heroes and heroines; it was used in both Tolkin's "Lord of the Rings" and Dennis L. McKiernan's "The Iron Tower" trilogies with good effect...and it's used with good effect here. Touching in many ways.
4.) a great map...a hearty thank you from all of us fantasy lovers who appreciate this bonus feature.
1.) dialogue...as great as the descriptive skills of Christopher Bunn are, there is something amiss in many of his characters dialogues. Is it simply the fact that the main hero is a 14 year old boy who is immature and unsure of himself or is it more a global issue? I fear the latter as several other characters get caught up is some questional conversations...many of which have a quality that reminds me of writing intended for a Young Adult (YA) audience. Somewhat contrive, immature and often forced.
2.) as interesting and important as Jute was to the overall novel, I never really felt I got to know his character very well. It might be that he was 14 years old and at times (well most of the time) acted as such. He had such and important and vital role in the trilogy and I just never felt very attached to him. Even the ghost, who could be incredibly annoying at times, seemed to have more personality. If I'd any wish, it would have been that Jute would have been older...less immature, less adolescently troubled. I really wanted to like him, but couldn't.
Overall a big improvement over the second book. There was still some animal talk but a least in this book the amount was reduced and it seemed appropriate for where it occurred and what was taking place at the time. It was able to remain within the context of believability (within a fantasy setting).
This story seemed more focused that the last book, and events seemed to move along in a timely fashion. Also the amount of time devoted to several of the main participants seemed about right to me. No one (except Jute) appeared to occupy center stage more that he/she should, and yet all the other characters were able to contribute important and interesting side stories that were related to the main quest.
A satisfying 3rd and final book in this series.
Christopher Bunn is a talented writer whose skills will continue to unfold...I eagerly look forward to his future efforts within the fantasy genre.
As it is...3 1/2 to 4 Stars.
As the third book in the series if you are considering this book because you enjoyed the first two then there is no reason for hesitation. Christopher stays true to the writing style that he has established for the series and that is an excellent thing. His skill with descriptive narrative is once again on display in this book. Honestly with this being the conclusion there is not a lot of info needed in a review and I really don't want to provide any kind of spoilers, so I'll say that if books one and two held your interest at all do yourself a favor and finish the trilogy. Bonus points for some fantastic cover art as well!
Review copy provided by the author.
VAGUE ENDING SPOILERS: WATCH YOURSELF
I kept thinking about the sceadu after he was 'dealt with' and I'm pretty glad that they referenced that situation later, even in the way it was done. There was something very strong for me during the end of the last battle. Bunn creates the situation where the moment of triumph becomes the moment of greatest vulnerability, basically you no longer look for assault and let your guard down. This was achieved very fluidly and I really enjoyed it. The ending also was something more than I expected. I felt like this was going to resolve with the classic fantasy stint of good triumphing over evil because of hope or faith or whatever, but it was more than that. I felt like the message I received at the end was more the 'evil wins the day when good men do nothing' and a message of constant vigilance. I feel like these aspects really helped bring the series over the top and give it that special edge that I was hoping to see.