Stone of Farewell by Tad Williams

This book definitely suffers from middle child syndrome. After I finished it I realised that nothing much happened, it was basically a travelogue. However I still enjoyed it, there is something nice about the slow unfolding of events. The viewpoint of the series has expanded, Simon is still the main character with the most chapters but there are a lot more POV’s now. Some of them I did not care for really but others I found very interesting. We learn more of the history of the world and the stakes have risen higher. 

Now there is one major thing that is bothering me, and has been from book 1. I had hoped there would be more clarification by now and I seriously hope it will be explained in the final book. Kind of spoilers ahead: Why did Elias make this pact with Ineluki? It makes no sense, he was already undisputed high king! There were no rebellions, no unhappiness, I just can’t figure it out. Is it something to do with his dead wife? Anyway I really hope this is explained.

Now going to start the mammoth single hardback volume of To Green Angel Tower. It is heavy.

4 stars out of 5

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