Just an avid reader. Mostly SF/Fantasy, some hobbies, paranormal, urban fantasy and lighter, fluffier things.
This reader's personal opinion, ©2012, all rights reserved.*
I'm not assigning a star rating to this one because I'm honestly not sure how to rate.
Our intrepid heroine is back…and I read the 500+ page book nonstop because as engrossing for me as the previous books in the series. It was that good. It also went absolutely no where. Seriously, I'm not sure there are any spoilers I need to avoid until very last line of book.
It was her plus the ongoing politics of he dragon court, fiefs, high court, assorted races, her career with the hawks—and actually this book had a more complex plot, including the mages, female dragon, her egg, the candle her powers are supposed to light, what hatched from the egg, more about exchequer embezzlement, more about almost every character from previous books (the last new added race rather absent) and another group trek to another Barani High Court ceremony, this time in the West Marches.
Of course still yet another race had to be introduced, the Hallione, with some similarity to the fief tower avatars. And more runes, words, alphabets, true names, new languages, new shadows, and in the end pretty much nothing …(show spoiler)
I'm glad some storylines like what would hatch out of egg progressed—but none of the story lines/mysteries resolved. Frankly, the last line of book ending with an exclamation point was just insulting.
My reading progress updates from goodreads:
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Ratings scale used in absence of a booklikes suggested rating scale:
★★★★★ = All Time Favorite
★★★★½ = Extraordinary Book. Really Loved It.
★★★★☆ = Loved It.
★★★½☆ = Really Liked.
★★★☆☆ = Liked.
★★½☆☆ = Liked parts; parts only okay. Would read more by author.
★★☆☆☆ = Meh. Okay.
★½☆☆☆ = Disliked but kept me reading in hopes would get better.
★☆☆☆☆ = Loathed It. Possibly DNF and a torturous read.
½☆☆☆☆ = So vile was a DNF or should have been. An "uploaded" word spew or collection that should not be dignified by calling itself a "published book." Author should take remedial classes for language written in until basic concepts like using sentences sink in. Is author even old enough to sign a publishing contract or do they need a legal guardian to sign for them? Cannot imagine anyone liking.