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Kindle version spoiled by mistakes
on February 21, 2016
The Kindle version of this book has many typos. I counted more than 10 before I quit counting about a quarter of the way through. I'm pretty sure the previous book in the series had many as well, although in that book, some were hard to tell because they were in the midst of transliterated conversation by the Gyphoons. In this book, however, they were unmistakable. This is just plain bush league and it was enough to detract from the enjoyment.
Regarding the story: this is the climax of a trilogy and integral to a much longer history of Valdemar. If you have been hooked by this universe then you will enjoy this book.
Some parts of the book are a little slow as it gets caught up in characters' thinking which tends to ramble. Also, sometime the thoughts are so intermixed with dialogue that the dialogue is interrupted and hard to follow. A person will say something and then there is a page or more of another person's thoughts that may or may not be directly a result of the vocal comment. Add to it is the fact that some of the dialogue is in mind-speech and it does get confusing.
Dialogue is fun and characters are interesting.
There is more than one love story going which makes it fun for the romantic.
This series included some pretty horrible villains. The things done by these villains are horrible and are most assuredly torture and sadism. While Lackey attempts not to be overly explicit, the descriptions are enough that if you don't like such things, then these books may not appeal to you. Personally, I thought they were a little too much, but I still finished the books and will probably read other series. (Note that if you haven't read the Arrows series, this is true to a lesser extent also of Arrow's Fall, but not as much so in the first two books of that series.)
This series also delves deeply into the appearance and intervention of gods/godesses and their avatars, not to mention spirits of long dead persons.