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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-17-12

Great beginning, OK middle, but rushed ending

Worth the time and money for the first half of the book. Very intriguing and imaginative.

The reading by Mac Vietor is the best I have heard yet.

Unfortunately, the main "bad guy" was kind of iffy. Never really understood why everyone was supposed to be intimidated by him. We were told the the bad guy was powerful, but that power or sense of impending doom never really managed to come through the story.

This story was getting predicable too. The many repeated "typical for the Nightside" statements become a meme. References to other Simon R. Green Books seemed out of place and more like advertisements than contributions to the plot.

The middle felt like padding without a purpose. After the first half of the book, you can skip right to the last half-hour. A bunch of plot points and side quests (though entertaining) go nowhere and contribute nothing to the story as a whole.

The ending was disappointing. It seemed rushed and out of place for a book that (likely) ends the Nightside series. Seemed more like the ending of an episode of a TV show than an entire book series. (And I do mean the end of an episode)

All-in-all, I think it was worth the read for the first half alone. Based on the ending, I think the author is done with this series (or at least with John Taylor).

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-17-12

Worth it

Dark and well written story, with just the right amount of implausible twists you expect (but don't see coming) in a Nightside book.

It kept me engaged and managed to surprise me quite a few times.

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