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Posted October 12, 2012
Posted May 12, 2012
Fans of the older Dread Empire will enjoy the return of familiar villains and heros. The book is filled with the high level of action and mystery that we all expect from Glen. He ties together a number of story lines in a satisfactory manner. A satisfactory ending to a powerful series. But, as with many of Glen's series, there is room enough for another sequel; maybe if we all ask politely...Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 20, 2012
Even though this is "The Final Chronicle Of The Dread Empire: Vol III," the abrupt ending of the story implies strongly that there will be a Volume IV.
I have been following Mr. Cook's work ever since the original "Black Company" series, and I have noticed a phenomenon in all of his writing. Even in his "Garrett P.I." novels, each succeeding book in a series contains additional new characters and additional new plot lines, until the story becomes so convoluted and confusing that it is no longer enjoyable reading.
Even History books attempt to cover only certain time periods and major events. But the Dread Empire series seems to be an attempt to describe all of the events in a fantasy world, and all of the characters within it (major or minor indiscriminately). The complexity of the politics and family relationships, combined with the ridiculously large number of characters in the books (all of whom apparently must be mentioned in this, the last, of the series) make it difficult to keep track of who's who, and what's what, in this book.
Cook appears to have forgotten the KISS Principle, which I believe applies to good fiction as much as to anything else, so I don't believe that I will be reading any more of his work.
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