If you have read the first two books, you will be disappointed by the third. The heroine who shows so much promise in the first book is soon reduced to a damsel in distress.
If you are looking for this book, make sure you get the US version, not the Australian one. Cecelia Dart-Thornton is Australian and when she published it, there was such a disappointed outcry that upon releasing it to the US, she added another epilogue to "satisfy" her readers. Despite the expectation that the epilogue will "satisfy" the reader, however, I found this to be the most of disappointing books. So much promise... yet so little closure. In my opinion, the author does not deliver.
I just could not get into this book never really felt like picking it up. Although I really liked the first book of the trilogy, I felt like the characters in this book werent even the same people or anyone at all, really. There was a completely different feel to the writing and the poetry just took over. If one is interested in reading over 600 pages of overly flowery and often redundant descriptive phrases, while lovely cardboard characters sigh and languish and wander around on quests that dont seem to go anywhere. well, then please do check this book out.
I found it to be particularly disappointing, because I thought that the first book of the trilogy showed remarkable promise. However, as the story went on all the original and interesting aspects were gradually eliminated, and all the flaws multiplied and took over.
Its too bad but I cant say Ill seek out any more of this authors books.
The last book in the Bitterbynde Trilogy and I hadd just finished the second book and couldn't wait for the paperback to come out and coughed up the money for the hardcover. We find Tahquil being hunted by the Raven Prince because she alone can open the Gate to the Fair Realm. I enjoyed this last book and feel it was worth the hardcover price!
Ending to the trilogy--a bit of a splat.
I read the first two books and was waiting to read this but I just couldn't finish. It just didn't engage me as the others did. Some one else may find it OK but you'll have to read it for yourself to see what you think.