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The Night of the Swarm by Robert V.S. Redick
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Jul 23, 14

bookshelves: 2012_release_read, read_2012, genre-fantasy, t_notable_books_2012
Read from October 22 to November 20, 2012

read some 100+ pages and on the one hand the book moves well and I enjoy reading about Pazel, Tasha and the rest, but on the other the whole "doom time and we are the saviors' subject makes taking it seriously a bit hard

I finished The Night of the Swarm and the one thing I want to emphasize for now is that the ending may be the best ever to a fantasy series I've read; the book itself moves well and *a lot* happens - would not do to spoil as there are a ton of wow moments, however its general theme of heroes having to prevent the doom time gives it a bit too much predictability as the big picture goes with the Alifros conflicts that seem so important,being of course all subsumed in the race to prevent The Night Swarm sterilizing the planet, so all those (where many of the characters participate) are secondary until close to the end and hence lose a lot of tension and power.

The main thread following the group that chased Arunis (Pazel, Thasha and the rest) is also predictable to a large extent though the local events have flavor; this "box in" prevents the book to be as superb as the previous three until the last part where as mentioned the ending is indeed awesome and with that the book raises itself to a special place

I wish the series would have been structured differently to avoid the forced box-in of the last volume (personally i felt the ending of volume 3 was awesome and would have served well as an ending to the series though of course it couldn't the way things were structured), while on the other hand the clear (in retrospect) build-up to the ending may compensate for that
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