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Esslemont is in no way the equal of the early Erickson. And he's slavish to the model of lots of characters converging on some, usually, apotheosis all in the last chapter. Early Erickson was good, but he became almost intolerable at the end with his handling of hundreds and hundreds of characters and dozens of storylines, too many of which were simply dropped. Esslemont is no improvement. Seems that since Robert Jordan everyone tries to deal with his own lack of ability to develop characters by simply introducing more of them. So many dropped storylines. And too many &quot;clever&quot; questions left unanswered. Poor writing ultimately..
As to the reader, wow. He's ok, but very much, just ok. He pronounces &quot;cadre&quot; as &quot;carter&quot;, Kaminsod as &quot;Kasminod&quot; and voices nearly every single woman as a crone and every single mage as an old man. It's bad.
I only decided to finish this to just get through the story.
Or is it? I hope not, because I simply love the worlds created by these two AMAZING writers.
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