I have an ARC. Reading it now, about 1/4 of the way in, excellent so far. Will report in full when I'm finished. :) ...
... And now I'm done. :) And I'I have an ARC. Reading it now, about 1/4 of the way in, excellent so far. Will report in full when I'm finished. :) ...
... And now I'm done. :) And I'm going to be super vague below details-wise so I don't ruin it for anyone: no spoilers herein.
First off: SRD is one of my favorite two writers in the universe (the other is Anne Rice). The Second Chronicles are, word for word, pound for pound, my absolute favorite books bar none. *Nothing* will surpass the buzz of reading those for the first time -- even the tenth time. The world of the Sunbane, the Clave, the Elohim, the Brathair with Kasreyn of the Gyre ... it was just so awesome and so original ... I knew going into the Last Chronicles, the bar was going to be set to the moon for me, unrealistically so.
Here's the verdict on How It All Ends: Some of it -- most of it -- utterly brilliant, everything we wanted. And some of it doesn't satisfy, some questions are not answered that I had assumed would be. It's nowhere near that sinking empty feeling we all had when LOST non-ended, he didn't blow it by any stretch. It's just not 'complete'. (Down the road, after the book is released, I will be specific about this with an edited review here.)
I just finished the book yesterday, so I'm still digesting the finale ... and like all Donaldson books, it sort of weirdly grows more awesome in your head AFTER you read it than at the time you actually do so. So I may change my mind on this over time.
The last thing I wanted SRD to do with this book is repeat himself. HE DOESN'T. The ending is extremely original and different from what went before.
That having been said: Second Chronicles trumps Last Chronicles. Still: Really glad we GOT a Last Chronicles. But of course, hellfire! And bloody damnation! Go buy this and read it, you fools! You *know* you have to know how it ends and then argue with me endlessly here on whether I got it right or not! :)
THANK YOU, SRD for the biggest reading buzz of my entire life. You inspired me to write novels as well (now on my fifth, published by Harper Collins) you were the dude who made me want to do it!