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Disappointing End!! Don't get too invested in the characters
Reviewed in the United States on April 3, 2018
This is the 4th Rutledge book I've read and every one of them has ended abruptly without significant closure to the story, but Legacy of the Dead is the worst offender so far. There were soooooo many loose ends that it would have been nice to see tied up. We spent the entire book learning about these characters and then reach an extremely quick, abrupt end and that's that! I assume Ian recovers since he's the main character but what about Fiona, little Ian, David Trevor, Drummond, the Lawry girl, Lady Maude and Eleanor? There were so many plot points and people introduced and never followed up on... I really enjoy the Ian Rutledge series, which is why I was willing to give this one a shot, even after reading reviews saying the ending was too abrupt and disappointing. I thought, "Can it really be any worse than the other three books?" YES, it can! This was by far the most unsatisfying end of any of the books I've read in the series so far (I've read 1-4, in order). That said, it's a GREAT mystery. I really enjoyed the first 80% of the book but then I felt like things started coming together too quickly, without adequate proof, and I realized, "Oh, here we go again. Rutledge will make some great leaps of insight and we'll get a quick, not fully explained, ending." Little did I know how extremely unsatisfying that ending would be. What's worse is that I am already hungry for more Rutledge and will probably read the next book and all the other ones in the series with the hope that there will be snippets to tell us what happened in Legacy of the Dead and that the endings will have improved over time.