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The epic tale wrapped up nicely
am 19. März 2015
Note: this is the last installment of the „Book of Deacon“ series and therefore not a good place to start reading.
With this last book in the “Book of Deacon” trilogy the quest of the Chosen is brought to an end – and although it still had some of the prequels' flaws that spoiled the fun somewhat for me, it was satisfying and had all a classical high fantasy could bring on in a showdown.
The plot as such is not that surprising and rightly so, since it's clear since “The Great Convergence” what the Chosen have to achieve and whom they have to defeat. Only that isn't totally true: there are a few surprises as far as the last member of the Chosen is concerned. Then there are allies turning traitors and traitors turning allies [a thing I didn't suspect]. And I admit that the author was able to lead me on a few times. Just when I thought: “Yes well, so this is it!”, I was thrown off by some new occurrence or development.
These unexpected turns and decisions were what made the book the best in the trilogy. At least for me. The characters do not really develop, although some grow somehow. But no, “The Battle of Verril” is not about incredibly multifaceted characters, but about an epic overall story arc that reveals ever higher stakes in the course of things. Although there even are a few moments, I was actually swallowing lumps in my throat when things got emotional.
In addition, the world building is solid and fits the action and the narrative well – especially when facing the core of the threat. I appreciated that there are no loose ends left, everything is answered and solved and my complaints about an overabundance of battles this time are minor. A fitting and worthy end.