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Lost Acre by Andrew Caldecott

Overall a brilliant read, though slightly let down by the very end.

Last book of the series so can’t really go into too much detail. Let’s just say that all the characters have to deal with the consequences of the end of the last book and things get even more weird and mysterious.

Most of the characters are back and there are a few new ones thrown in for good measure. We finally (mostly) find out what was really the plan overall. A lot of people die, though not as much as I was expecting, and most mysteries are revealed. These are such strange books, I was absolutely riveted for the whole book but it’s already been hard recalling exactly what happened and I only finished it a couple of weeks ago.

I’ll be honest the actual end was a bit of a letdown. It happened fairly randomly and didn’t even make a lot of sense. I also wasn’t a huge fan of the happy endings most people got, especially for the brilliant Valourhand, it came from nowhere and was completely out of character. There are also still a fair amount of stuff unexplained. Like there was all this talk about the hedge priests and druids and whole areas of Lost Acre that were mentioned but just left there. Is the author planning more novels in this universe?

Even with these fairly major criticisms I did love this book and the whole series. It was so different than most things I read that it was refreshing. To steal a line from another series, journey before destination, and the journey was great. I will definitely be keeping an eye out on future releases by the author.

5 stars

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