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Book 10 is a truly worthy ending for what is arguably the best series in the epic fantasy genre. Erikson actually did a good job of wrapping up the numerous different character stories, and in ways that never felt forced nor distracted from the fast-paced conclusion. If you ever began to doubt the complexity of the world Erikson created, book 10 is a good reminder. It touches on so many prior characters and plot lines that it at times felt like an avalanche of memories, but never so overwhelming to be anything but spectacular. How Erikson could conceive of such a complex tale, and then keep all of the plot lines straight through 10 massive books, is a feat that leaves me dumbstruck with awe.
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My hopes were riding on a strong end to what must surely be the most epic fantasy saga ever written, and I can say this: This book was freaking awesome.
This is the culmination of all the time and effort, and so many of scenes were simply beautiful to behold. After 3 1/2 million words, Erikson had well-earned the tears that came to my eyes.
As it should be, the battles in this book are some of the most epic in all of the series, and in all of epic fantasy, by far. So many moments of awesome - events foreshadowed seven books and thousands of pages ago finally come to fruition. Moments where you just want to cheer or laugh as eyes tear up - scenes so deep and evoking that few works of fiction can compete with - this is a masterpiece.
As hard at it must have been to properly end this series and tie everything together, Erikson does it and makes it look so natural This book is the capstone to a storyline unequalled (to my knowledge) in epic fantasy. In a real sense, this book brings the entire series into its proper perspective. I never thought it could morph into such a touching story of hope, love and compassion, but it does. And the characters - so many of which started out feeling vague and unknowable - are now cemented into my mind, their own personal stories and struggles pulling at my own heartstrings.
If you've stuck it out this long, then this final book delivers the payoff and the satisfaction that you wanted. Not every loose end is tied up, of course, but we can hope for more perhaps in the future.
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