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6 books later, I feel somewhat exhausted - it's like one enormous battle scene from start to finish.
Absolutely epic final battle. Although the outcome is somewhat inevitable, the wins and losses along the way were anything but predictable. It's a satisfying ending (perhaps too satisfying after such epic battles? but then, that's why we have water-crafting), with only a few threads that might have been more tidily handled (personal preference thing).
I thoroughly enjoyed this series. It's good, traditional epic fantasy: sword swinging; a sort of magic; goodies and baddies - and heroes to save the day (and the baddies even wear black!). I grew very fond of the characters, and was sad to say goodbye to this tale.
This is not a series you can join half-way through - you do really need to start at the beginning to fully understand all the characters. However, unlike my approach where I listened to all 6 books almost back to back, perhaps take a breather between instalments - might keep it feeling a little bit fresher. I've had to give this series 5 stars based on my compulsive need to download book after book - that surely says something about it.
Re narration: Kate Reading is not one of my favourite narrators, but she does an admirable job here, giving all the characters distinct voices - and she's consistent across the series, which must have been a challenge.
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Sometimes an epic story like this one loses pace or focus in the mid sections. This is a pleasant exception.
Lose a star for stupod Toot-toot-a-toot fanfares destroying the drama, excitement and flow of the story.
Love the book and her reading of it, I thought it was annoying but I really enjoyed it by the end of the first book.
Excellent series has come to an excellent conclusion! Highly recommended to all lovers of High fantasy.