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This seventh book finally wraps up everything, mysteries are revealed, the earth moves, the real Ra ira is found, the last known baddies are defeated, and there s at least a chance that all will live happily ever after.It s aexciting book than its predecessors Up to now we ve been stepping through the long and complicated plot, not slowly but at a measured pace, and now things really start to happen.This has to be the best of the series since the first one, which was good in a different w This seventh book finally wraps up everything, mysteries are revealed, the earth moves, the real Ra ira is found, the last known baddies are defeated, and there s at least a chance that all will live happily ever after.It s aexciting book than its predecessors Up to now we ve been stepping through the long and complicated plot, not slowly but at a measured pace, and now things really start to happen.This has to be the best of the series since the first one, which was good in a different way it had the novelty of Ricardo s arrival in a new and surprising world, and I suppose that Randall Garrett made asubstantial contribution to it before he was incapacitated Whereas I guess that books 2 to 7 were largely written by Vicki Ann Heydron, with Randall Garrett contributing mainly to the initial outline.The weakness of this book is that, all along, people and even sha um are too easily persuaded by Rikardon and Tarani It s pleasant, in a way, that goodness prevails in this world, but it seems too easy it s unconvincing.The baddies are not usually persuaded they have to be defeated However, in the real world, well meaning goodies have to struggle with the great mass of people who are not particularly bad nor particularly good, but uncommitted, unpersuaded, and uncooperative And it s these in between people who aren t properly represented in this book.The series as a whole is well conceived The scenario was a good idea and the details of the environment feel right The plot was carefully planned It could have been a classic series, but some magic ingredient in the writing is missing, and so Garrett s Lord Darcy stories remainenjoyable and therefore better known than this very different exercise in fiction.I find the central character of Ricardo Rikardon rather annoying He s mostly presented as wise, good, and able His tendency to self doubt should be endearing But it s coupled with intermittent attacks of bad behaviour, stupidity, and foot in mouth disease Perhaps Randall Garrett had this kind of dual personality himself, but it s not easy to live with, even in fiction.Although some explanation and justification is attempted, it remains hard to believe that the sha um great cats of this world are willing to place themselves in the service of men for very intangible rewards, and to tolerate considerable hardships, when they could easily live free as most of them continue to do The conclusion to the Gandalara Cycle, written mostly by Randall Garrett s wife This book does very well in wrapping this series up Sad to end it, but happy that a long term solution was implemented, thus changing the evolution and history of the human race So a satifsfying conlusion. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here While I enjoyed the wrap up of the series a cracking good adventure overall I find this somewhat lacking in a number of ways, largely because the story dragged out for the last three books and then everything necessary was CRAMMED into this one There were at least four major climaxes shoved into this book, and it left the huge overall arc dangling at the end.Every dangling plot line is hastily wrapped up as new dangers are introduced, with Rikardon running once again back and forth across t While I enjoyed the wrap up of the series a cracking good adventure overall I find this somewhat lacking in a number of ways, largely because the story dragged out for the last three books and then everything necessary was CRAMMED into this one There were at least four major climaxes shoved into this book, and it left the huge overall arc dangling at the end.Every dangling plot line is hastily wrapped up as new dangers are introduced, with Rikardon running once again back and forth across the face of Gandalara as the land starts to fall apart around them If it s not one thing, it s another, as we finally learn WHERE they are, and why they were sent but between earthquakes and volcanoes and trips into the All Mind, plus getting back to Raithskar to finish off the main storyline from book one, which is glossed over in the excitement over the impending disasterIt s all too much Most of this should have been wrapped up sooner, and told withgrace instead of shoved into a few chapters at the end.I would also have loved to have seen a final frame, with some of the descendants accessing the life memories that we ve seen being recorded to see if the Gandalarans made it to the top, and that this all worked That would have been nice.I liked the series a lot but I was disappointed in the end Nice wrap up book to end the series all the story lines get resolved in a nice way and not in a predictable manner Above average SiFi Fantasy read Very recommended In the Valley of the Mists, Rikardon and Tarani have discovered an ancient truth that will alter the destiny of Gandalara forever But, an evil lord has enslaved the land through the mystic force of the sacred stoned called the Ra ira Outlawed and hunted, Rikardon and Tarani stage a daring and desperate raid to shatter his death grip of fear In this stunning epic, this sweeping saga of Grandalara reaches its unexpected, awe inspiring conclusion as the secret of this strange desert world is revealed at last Great ending that I didn t immediately see A worthy finale Gandalara Cycle 4, very creative Great ending that I didn t immediately see A worthy finale Gandalara Cycle 4, 6 were definitely the weakest of the series so I was pleased the last book improved The set is still worth the read very creative Amazing Series This is one of the best series I ve ever read Even after having read it several times I still find something new each time I read it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Reread in May 2013 The last book may be my favorite of the series The surprise time travel element of the plot still seems questionable to me, but it s a pretty awesome concept. The exciting end to the Gandalara Cycle Truths are uncovered, people we think we know turn out to not be what they seem, and disaster is somehow averted Check it out. Conclusion of the series, where many mysteries are revealed Great book, still a favorite. The River Wall


About the Author: Randall Garrett

Randall Garrett s full name was Gordon Randall Phillip David Garrett Forinformation about him see was married to Vicki Ann HeydronHis pseudonyms include Gordon Randall Garrett, Gordon Aghill, Grandal Barretton, Alexander Blade, Ralph Burke, Gordon Garrett, David Gordon, Richard Greer, Ivar Jorgenson, Darrel T Langart, Blake MacKenzie, Jonathan Blake MacKenzie, Seaton Mckettrig, Clyde T Mitchell, Mark Phillips with Laurence Janifer , Robert Randall, Leonard G Spencer, S.M Tenneshaw, Gerald Vance.


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