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Cliffhanger makes book feel incomplete
Reviewed in the United States on August 6, 2021
I was incredibly disappointed in this book. I understand placing some small cliffhangers in the end of books to hype excitement for the next one in the series. The cliffhanger at the end of book 3 had me at the edge of my seat waiting for this book to come out.
However, when the cliffhanger is as big as it is at the end of this book, rather than make you crave the next one, it simply makes the book feel incomplete. I don't read books in order to feel stress and anxiety about not knowing how the book has ended, but rather as an escapism through fantasy. A cliffhanger this profoundly jarring takes me out of the story and leaves me feeling unsatisfied. I very much doubt I will be buying future books in this storyline because of this. And I will reconsider whether I will buy other books in a continuing storyline of this sort from this author.
To the author: I don't know if you're reading this, but I hope you are. When you create a cliffhanger like this, rather than ruminating over the story itself, this type of cliffhanger makes me think about your money making career as an author. Don't get me wrong, I have been HAPPY to pay for your books. I've never once considered them not worth the cost (until this one). I get that you have a living to make and I don't object to that. However, when you create a cliffhanger ending so jarring it takes your reader out of the story/fantasy, you've ruined the story for that reader and have failed as an author.