I've really enjoyed the first couple of books in the Savage empire series - especially the first three books.
This fifth book is an exception though.
The first part of the book just continues some things started in the fourth book - and that's ok.
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But the behavior of (mainly) Torio and Melissa in the handling of the bad guy Maldek is ridiculous.
Maldek had murdered and mutilated uncountable numbers of people (thousands) and was clearly still thinking that everyone around him is his possession to do with as he likes - but the group of heroes doesn't step in to help other (good) people attacking him - so of course he kills them too.
They even save his life when he is dying as a result of the confrontation.
And after that they continue with their stupidity by restoring his Powers and keeping him in charge of the land.
When he then (of course) tries to rape one of the heroes (Melissa) - they still keep him alive (Melissa being mad on her boyfriend Torio for almost killing the monster when he defended her) - and break up the love-couple (Torio, Melissa) to appoint Melissa as a guardian over Maldek - without any means to keep him in check, except her own powers (will she never be tired, never sleep?).
How can Torio leave his love Melissa behind with that monster?
Are we poor readers still supposed to see Melissa and Torio as sane people after this story?
I understand that keeping some enemies alive and some heroes in a situation that can be improved is useful for a writer of a series, but this (for me) was not an acceptable way to do it.