Top critical review
Good, if not stellar, ending
on September 1, 2003
"Journey into the void", the third and final book of the Sovereign Stone trilogy, picks up right where it's predecessor, released neary two years ago, culminated. However, it took me but a little while (read 1-2 chapters) to get fully enraptured in the series again-- despite the sabatical. The book--without divulging plot-- truly begins well.
Why then 3 stars? It runs out of gas, for lack of a better analogy. The book is subdivided into segments (4, I believe). The first 2 are excellent. 3 is short. 4, not surprising, containing the ending, peters out.
Worst of all is the "Animal House"-esque epilogue (don't read till the end, of course). I didn't, nor don't still, know what to make of it. It left a foul taste in my mouth: did the editors force it into the book? Or did they (editors), rather, prune it to the length present? Don't get me wrong: it's not hideous (no Ace-Ventura "laces out" scene or anything), but it's totally unnecessary. Baagh! Such a bitter center!
Ahh, then, the final statement: Baron Shadamerh is an excellent character! His and Alise' interactions are among the best modelled (& most enjoyable to read) relationships to the fantasy-genre in a while.
Their segments, alone, make the book worthy of reading!
Bottom line: If you're a Weiss & Hickman fan, get it. If you've read the predecessors, read it. If you're curious, read it. If, however, you're only looking for "best of breed"....