Alright, i know that you all want to know the facts, and only the facts about THIS book and only this book, but i have to include some insight from prior novels (no spoilers) The book itself was good, as were all the others in the series. The ending was not quite what i was expecting, so that in itself was a bit of a disappointment, but i suppose in the end it was a very... "Richard" ending. Having your cake and eating it too. BUT. (And it's a big but) This novel makes up for itself just by what has come before it, and the message that it, and all others carry. Some people don't like it because it can be preachy (and im the first to admit that that normally isn't my kind of thing) HOWEVER it's a very worthwhile message, and one that it seems a lot of people have forgotten. It's also never been so much about the story as it has been about the message, and the characters. The characters drive the story, and are the realist i have ever encountered. Through the series you really get to feel that they are alive, and this gave a fairly good closure to most of them. I actually cried when people died, and it takes a true story teller to accomplish such a feat. Anyway, the ending mayhap was not perfect, but sometimes there IS no perfect ending that everyone can love. Some people just wont understand it, and wont like it, and that's ok. Certainly worth a read, and i recommend this series to everyone i possibly can. Now of course there seem to be three more novels coming, so perhaps this is NOT the true end. We will see.