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I can't tell you how disappointed I was with the final book. It is called the core but only 20% of it is really about the core.
You can actually feel the point when Peter got the call from the publisher saying to hurry up. There is painful detail about all these side stories and then he just wraps them up with a few sentences after the big Core fight. He sets it up as if all these side stories were important but apparently got tired of writing or got that call I mentioned. I can only hope that he did it because he is going to do another book.
Big Spoiler Ahead!
Also, pretty much ever character survives except our hero? Again, setting up another book I hope.
Lastly, this series has had so many painfully long details throughout the series. So, why was the final big scene and wrap up rushed and seems like an after school special? I though they might all hold hands and sing Kumbaya in the last few paragraphs.
Just a rushed, poor ending to one of my favorite series of all time.
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First two books were good. They established good premiss for a plausible magic system in a stark and original world. I was delighted to see that there were several more books available.
The story stalled a bit in book three, but it was still decent. By book 4 though, the rules previously established for the magic system were completely breaking down, and by book five it was complete Deus ex magica; magic could do anything anyone willed it to do except when the story needed tension, and then suddenly failed for no explicable reason.
I also got tired of “using his/her/it’s weight against them,” everyone’s honor being boundless, and the tendency of all the characters to pass moral judgement and criticism whenever the author wanted tension, often in the middle of heavy action, and on people who the judger had previously already made peace with and deemed acceptable.
The production had some problems, too. I listen to audiobooks in a moderately noisy environment, as do many people who drive for a living.
They producer failed to adequately normalize the volume; it was fine listening when I was stopped, but when I had background noise, I had to turn the volume high in order to hear the quiet parts, and the next sentence would start so loud that it left my ears ringing. This didn’t happen just a few times, but was the pattern for almost every sentence.
I very much liked the voice of the reader, but the production should have been audio mastered, because I found it extremely distracting to hear the salivary clicks and smacks. It continually caused me to imagine someone with poorly fitting dentures, or an excess of saliva to the point of almost drooling.
I hate to give such a poor review, especially since I have not written anything myself. I imagine the disappointment of having such an amazing beginning to the series ending in a miserable slog through the last book has created some resentment.
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