My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I encountered this series first as an audiobook; listening to it while marathon training force fed me hours of Eli’s patter at a go. Otherwise, I might have summarily rejected the mediocre characters and the less-than-epic world earlier on. Nevertheless, the magic system is interesting and – this is rare in fantasy – novel.
In time, the spirit world became less of a distraction and more of a highlight whenever I ran. When one has invested enough in a world, even unexceptional writing become page turners.
This final conclusion ends the series tightly, though at times, the plot seems to move clumsily with the sole purpose of tying up loose ends rather than as a natural progression from consistent characterisation and deeper motivations. But for that security of knowing that Eli Monpress’ world awaits for me to immerse into should I ever need to escape, I bumped this last book up to a 4 stars.