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Consistent Finale of Trilogy
Reviewed in the United States on February 11, 2014
In this final book of three, the Chosen unite to work against the events set in place with the D'Karon generals' evil takeover of the Northern Alliance and its kingdom. All the Chosen are captured and separated as the generals prepare for the opening of a portal that will provide them with the goal they've planned for centuries. As a Chosen and as a traitor, Myranda is tested similarly to knights of old in an arena with contests ending in life or death, each feat involving an opponent created from magic and possessing abilities designed to defeat even the most able of contestants. As she battles against dragoyles, deadly worms and a gigantic dragon, the other four Chosen are secreted from each other and Deacon, a wise wizard, is also captured and is interrogated---offered to perhaps join the generals and provide them with some of the wisdom the generals might find handy.
The many hints provided in the first two books find resolution in this final novel, and the Chosen must put all the information together to satisfy the prophecy and provide the peace as predicted so many years before. Both horrors and wonders are revealed, and both deaths and lives are revealed. Readers will find this final book to be as enthralling as the first two.
While The Battle of Verril continues the excellent story, the editorial issues continue--but, again, they do not detract from the larger story. While the conclusion provides resolution for the most obvious issues, there are other matters that remain in limbo--particularly in areas such as Entwell and its characters--and, of course, the origin of Desmares and how his character develops with the conclusion of this trilogy (why does the author have him collecting his weapons?). This reader also questions, with all the languages that the various wizards, generals, magicians, priests and others not only encounter but are able to individually interpret--logically inferring that they are not necessarily dead languages--where do these other languages originate and, more importantly, because they involve magic, what effect are they having on the world that Caya is now ruling?
Lallo has written a trilogy and left room for more. Borrowing from the theater, this author has been able to complete the work and left his audience wanting more.