This review is for the quadrilogy (a prequel and then the three in the DragonCrown War Cycle) as a whole, not just this one book. It's grand entertainment! There's magic, elves, kings, queens (good and evil), dragons, other unique races, action, warfare, a smidgen of romance (but not too much) and a big ole' prophecy that's central to all the action. The characters were well fleshed out. One thing that makes a book good (for me, at least) is when you care about what happens to the characters, whether you want them to prevail or you want them to die, and that was definitely the case here. The viewpoint would switch back and forth between all the main characters, something that be bothersome if not done well. Not the case here. The one criticism I do have (and it's a small one) is the battle scenes. There were a lot of them and after a while, they got a bit tiresome. That was not a deal-breaker, however. This was just wonderful, enjoyable, well-written entertainment.
I finished When Dragon's Rage and couldn't wait to get it on PBS so I bought it at a book store! The Grand Crusade was worth every penny and I am glad I didn't wait! Michael Stackpole's final book in this series is just as good as the first one and I was not disappointed. The conclusions was exciting and it had integrity. When you invest alot of your time in a series of books, it is nice to finish the last page and walk away feeling like you didn't waste your time. Michael Stackpole really writes great Fantasy.