I love this series and the philosophical considerations that underpin it. My only real complaint is with the ending. I feel that the indirectness of the confrontations should have built to something more direct but was not rewarded with that. Rather, it was in considering the sum of the three novels that I realized what a brilliant subversion of my expectations had occured. Much like many experience in today's politics, I had made the mistake of conflating the novels' antagonists as the source of the problem rather than a symptom of it and expecting a direct solution to them as opposed to the situation. Don't get me wrong, as a culmimation of the series' affairs this final novel does handle those things, but it takes the wide and long view in ways that I feel readers will be rewarded for contemplating.