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Alyssa's Ring (The Guardian Cycle #5)

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After wandering the world in exile, guided only by the prophecies of the mysterious Tindaya Code, Terrel is at last returning to Vadanis, his journey at an end. But the powers that have sought to destroy him are not yet defeated. For the prophecy to be fulfilled, the ancients must arise—and it is Terrel who must struggle to defend them. And, as the Dark Moon rises, Terrel ...more
Paperback, 576 pages
Published December 1st 2002 by Little, Brown Book Group
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I expected that the fifth and final book of the series will be focusing entirely on Terrel's hometown - Vadanis, since there is so much he has to do there. Instead, we are still stuck on the mainland with a bunch of new characters and Vadanis appears only in the last third of the book!
I was impatient while reading this. I didn't care about all this new minor characters and their problems. And once again, we have a child prodigy traveling with our hero. I wanted Terrel to reach Vadanis, confront
Odd. Anti-climatic. Oversimplified the entire series. Terrel's destiny ends up being nothing fantastic. Alyssa? =_=" I can't say how much I dislike the fact her character never develops throughout the whole series. I understand it's because she's in a comatose state but nevertheless, I expected more from her character.
The ending was realistic though, where every character then carries on their lives their own way. I admit I quite liked the desert people; including the one other young mage with
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Stunning conclusion to the series. I wished it could have re-capped over the people Terrell had met on his journeys but know that wouldn't have worked too well as the whole point of it was that he had moved forward.
With the magic running through their world but not being in your face like witches or wolves its subtle and beautiful.
So glad I read this

See review of Book One. As well as I can remember, this was a fitting and well written end to the tale. I would need to re-read the whole set in order to give a full review (something I'd be happy to do if I ever found the time!)
The worst ending ever.
Made it look like reading the other four books were also a waste.
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Julia Gray is the pseudonym of Mark and Julia Smith, a married couple who live and work in Norfolk. Having met while they were both working for a major London publishing house, they sparked each other into creative life, and began writing as a team a few months after setting up home together. They have been writing full time since 1991. They also publish under the pseudonym Jonathan Wylie.
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