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Beyond the Shadows by Brent Weeks
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Mar 27, 10

Read in March, 2010

I am a little disappointed. Maybe that is unsurprising. The ending reeked of Deus ex Machina, relied on the behavior and actions of previously very minor characters, left much that was important in the dark, though spent much time on trivialities. There were also several new themes which were introduced. Okay for the third book in a 5-10 book series. Unforgivable in a trilogy. It also tried to preach a bunch of morals and ethics as well as to have some light-hearted, thwarted romance with a self-sacrifice to save the world twist. It didn't work in this book. The trilogy was very dark the whole way through, so to expect me to stomach a light-fluffy last 100 pages [somehow an unmagical, heretofore impotent character is able to make her hope intermingle with the out-of-left-field solution to the world's problems to create a flower to show her lover she was thinking of him:]. The ending was just too sappy for the rest of the work, and I had a generally disgusted feeling when I finished.
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