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For example, I occasionally lost track of who characters were in Book 3 even though I'd been reading this story for a week. That's because these characters were little more than names. When you have something to put with the names that isn't as likely to happen, even with a much larger group of characters.
For example, look at the list of characters at the start of the book and see if you could say even 3 distinguishing things about most of them? While the Regent is Laurent's nightmare and becomes Damen's opponent as well, Kastor gets almost no development at all. Yet surely there ought to be something there, given that Damen is not only our titular character but our main protagonist in the trilogy. In Book 1 in particular, understanding his betrayal was an important issue to Damen.
Yet Kastor says virtually nothing in the trial scene and exchanges a few sentences with Damen before dying. Seriously underwhelming. It's as if the acts perpetrated against both men had not been done by actual people. Jokaste gets a little more attention, but the issues with her storyline are yet another problem.
I don't mind the idea of Damen and Laurent having done a role reversal when defeating their nemeses, but the ending is pretty unsatisfying after the long build up over some pages. My final complaint is a purely personal one. Part of what made Book 2 so interesting to me is that the character of Laurent became gripping. It was easy to understand what Damen said about his mind, because we could see it in action.
For me it was not unlike my reaction to my first viewing of Sherlock S1Ep1. There was something about seeing someone whose mind functioned that way that left me rather breathless.
And Laurent would most certainly give Sherlock a run for his money, given that his forte is understanding people and their motivations, whereas Sherlock struggles with people's inner lives and emotional selves. Yet while some of the things we see from Laurent in Book 3 are charming, I don't know as we learn much more about him. We do learn some more about Damen, and we are at least introduced to various other characters like Jokaste.
But Laurent seems to me somehow diminished in this final book. Perhaps it is because we get the sense in Book 2 of how extraordinary he is especially because Damen has such a tight focus on him, as he tries to understand him. Yet in Book 3, the emphasis seems to be on how relatable Laurent is after all -- that his emotional life is, in fact, not unlike that of other people.
He loses his temper, he pines, he's entertaining, he craves touch and intimacy even if he can't quite handle it.
And I don't feel that this can be written off as simply having had too much of his mystery revealed. While it's sometimes the case that people get less interesting the better you know them, at least in the medium term I think they get more interesting, and I don't feel we've known the characters long enough that this specialness should start to diminish.
I think that a window into Laurent's emotional life could have proved to be just as unusual and intriguing as his mental one. Again, one way of doing this would have been to contrast Damen's view of him with Laurent's view of himself because we do get, in his conversation with Jokaste, an idea of how he sees Damen in return.
I'm sure we're all aware of how differently other people can interpret our behavior and motives, and how disconcerting that can be when it's revealed all the more so when that person is a romantic partner.
And I rather think the book could have traded on this factor to give their developing partnership more depth. Possible Solutions I believe that Book 3 could have been, after the first chapter or two, assembled like a puzzle. The whole plot could have been told by contrasting the observations of one character after another, chapter by chapter, until one got to the final chapter where everything would come together and return to Damen's POV.
In that way we'd not only care about Damen and Laurent, but the fate of their kingdoms; we'd better understand who and what they were up against for the long-term; and the sense of mystery would be continued and elevated without seeming like a rehash of what had come before.
Ironically, I got that idea because of the Erasmus back story tale. I appreciated reading it and the insight it provided about a slave's story in Akielos, which is probably the most insight we ever get into their culture.
The way that it finishes is never explained outright, but one puts it together because we know what happens later. Yet while Erasmus is not an unimportant character, and his backstory is enlightening when we consider Damen's casually mentioned decision to eliminate slavery from Akielos, Erasmus is rather less important than certain other characters when it comes to the overall plot.
Yet thanks to this chapter we find out far more about him than most other characters. I have my suspicions about why this book turned out so differently from the first two.
For one thing, unlike those, this book was not posted in installments but written away from the community it was first shared with. There may also have been changes in who had editing input and collaborated in brainstorming once it moved from being a personal project to being distributed by a major publisher.
Whether it's fanfic or a published work, a story can change quite a bit from an initial draft to a version which has passed through beta readers or editors. I also got the feeling that the ending of this book was rushed because the author has been delayed for some time and may have wanted to move on to other projects. This feeling is particularly strong because there is a lot left hanging by the end of the series -- enough that it seems obvious this should have been a 4 book series and not a 3 book one.
In my opinion this book should have ended at Kingsmeet, with Laurent being taken by the Regent for trial. Book 4 would have opened with Damen's decision to go after him. Instead, we have things very compressed from that moment on. For starters, why is the entire Veretian council in Akielos? It doesn't make a lot of sense that they needed to be there who's running the kingdom back in Arles? It would have made much more sense had the Regent taken Laurent back to Vere for trial. It's already bad enough that Laurent, Damen, and their most trustworthy supporters have left two armies that have only just learned to tolerate one another back in Karthas under the command of a man who they've had their concerns about.
Keeping a huge army dawdling in an area unprepared to host them is not a recipe for calm, even when they're not longtime enemies.
So the Regent could have delayed their advance by forcing Damen to choose between marching on Ios and returning to Vere in pursuit of Laurent. After all, the Regent has an ally in Kastor and can return by sea anytime as he apparently did with his army the first time.
Such a move simply gives Kastor more time to prepare for Damen's army. Damen, meanwhile, risks losing control of their joint armies because Laurent is slated for execution and he's absent.
This raises the stakes considerably and provides more tension, while also making Damen's choice to save Laurent more significant to all observers. The trial could also have used a full two chapters. What I kept wondering when Loyse and Paschal were giving their testimonies was what the Regent was doing in the meantime? Checking his email? This should be a high point of drama, but other than the unexpected and unearned witness appearances, there's no real build to it.
Some things could be the same -- the council supporting Laurent, freeing him, and killing the Regent. Then the two would need return to Akielos at once to keep their armies from marching off and their fragile alliances from disintegrating, allowing for further obstacles and drama.
On the brink of a momentous battle, the future of both their countries hangs in the balance. Forced into an uneasy alliance the two princes journey deep into Akielos, where they face their most dangerous opposition yet.
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At this rate, it looks like it won't be released until unfortunately. This book started out as a trilogy Is this now a series, or is it still a trilogy? Basically, I am asking is if the story ends with this book 3. Sherry The story ends with book 3, but the author is writing 3 additional short stories.