This was the third and final book in the First Law trilogy, although there are three more standalone books set in this world. I have a lot of random and somewhat unrelated thoughts swirling around in my head after reading this, so I apologize in advance if this review is disjointed. Most of my review will be behind spoiler tags so I can type freely, but first I have a few generic comments.
There were things I loved about this book, things I didn’t care for, and even things I disliked. There were some great moments that made me laugh, and moments that just seemed so perfect that I had to put the book down and smile into space for a couple minutes. There were some payoffs that I had seen coming, but which were no less enjoyable for being anticipated, and others that caught me completely by surprise. For the most part this was a fast read, but I got bogged down for a little while in the middle when certain aspects of the story started to feel a little repetitive.
The ending was a mixed bag for me. It really didn’t feel like the end-of-series wrap-up I was expecting. We were given answers to most (but not all) of our questions, and the main danger was over for most (but not all) of our characters, and we had a general idea of what was in store for most (but not all) of our characters in the near future. But, aside from finally getting answers to some long-standing questions, the end of this book felt more like the end of another installment in the series rather than the end of the series itself.
I know there are three more standalone books written in this world, but I’ve avoided reading anything about them for fear of spoilers. I don’t know yet if they will pick up on any of the loose ends or if they will go off in a different direction altogether. I don't know if they'll feature the same characters, or if they're even set around the same time frame. They could be prequels or else set in the distant future for all I know. I just hope that, if they do provide answers for some of the loose ends, that they do so in a thorough way and not just as an “oh, by the way, this is what happened 50 years ago” sort of thing. That wouldn’t be very satisfying. I plan to start the first standalone later tonight, so I guess I’ll have a better idea what to expect from the standalones soon.
Ok, the rest of my thoughts will have to go behind spoiler tags. There are some major spoilers here. Please don’t click unless you’ve already read the entire trilogy or unless you don’t care about the spoilers.