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A fitting end to an entirely bardic and BIG sort of tale.
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The mission to Cader Sedat was a success. Metran, the traitorous former First Mage of Brenin, has been slain and the Cauldron of Kath-Meigol has been destroyed. But the war against Maugrim is still ongoing. The Armies of Light have barely beaten back the first assault and only then with the intervention of the unpredictable Wild Hunt, led now by the child Finn. Meanwhile te voyagers from Cader Sedat must still sail back to Fionavar. Finally the quest of Kim Ford, that being to rescue the besieged Paraiko, the peaceable giants of Kath-Meigol, seems overtaken by disaster. And even if she wins through to the place where the giants are slowly and bloodlessly being put to death so as to avoid the ancient Blood Curse protecting their race, she may not be able to save them without also undoing them.
Into the midst of all this comes Darien, the child born of Jennifer Lowell, now revealed to in fact be Queen Guinevere of Camelot, and Rakoth Maurim himself, Devastated by Finn's unexpected departure and convinced that nobody wants him, the newest Andain seems bent on journeying to Starcadh, where he hopes his father will welcome him. Te board is set and te pieces upon it are moving toward the last move that will spell the end of the war one way or another. Can the Armies of Light withstand the overwhelming might of Maugrim? And what of Darien? Will he choose the Light and possibly save the lives of everyone else? Or will he embrace the darkness and make his father's victory complete?
Once again this was an excellent tale and a worthy conclusion to the Tapestry. And Simon Vance as usual does an excellent job bringing it to life. I wholeheartedly recommend it.
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Makes me cry. Intense story. No unnecessary filler. Not overly descriptive. Beautifully read by Simon Vance
If you could sum up The Darkest Road in three words, what would they be?
This is the final part of a beautiful trilogy, which it always breaks my heart to read. It's the 'loss of a dear friend' cliche, the last piece of a sublime bar of chocolate, the memory of an unfulfilled love...
What other book might you compare The Darkest Road to, and why?
I really can't think of anything to compare it too. The Tolkien at his best comment is lazy, yes it's not based in our 'world' but it's not a traditional fantasy novel, the characters are rich, humane and flawed, which makes them a pleasure to read
What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?
Simon vance has a warm tone to his voice which it a delight to listen too
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
There are parts of this book which every time I read I cry during.