Dan Wells doesn’t pull any punches in his conclusion of this fun and fast trilogy.
I thought the climax worked perfectly because it culminated so many emotional threads that had been set up in the previous books. I was completely unprepared for how hard it would hit me. The end isn’t happy (in fact it’s quite dark and introspective), but it’s exactly what this story needed.
As an epic fantasy guy, I’d almost given up hope on short novels (<500 pages long) pleasing me. There just isn't enough time to make me care—about the setting, plot, or characters.
Kudos to Dan Wells for showing us that you can bring a memorable character to life, without needing hundreds of thousands of words to do so.
A quick note that I’ve found with Dan’s writing style: you will blow through his books faster than anything you’ve read before. The dialogue, description, and pacing are woven seamlessly and it’s a page-turner in every good sense of that term. Not having as many stopping points as other books also means that you don’t seem to remember as much. I loved his other novel, Partials, but for the life of me can’t remember a single thing about it—not even the characters’ names. I guess that’s sort of a back-handed compliment, but I have to admit that Dan Wells is a writer who definitely knows what he’s doing.