Disclaimer: This is my first review
I just finished reading The Eye of the Chained God, the 3rd book in the trilogy. The Abyssal Plague encompasses more than just this trilogy which is an important fact to mention since it really adds something special to these books if you read every installment such as the prologue book titled “The Mark of Nerath”.
Going into this I wondered how will they defeat Vestapalk? His power was only growing when we last saw him and his dominion was growing at a fast rate. I wondered what would happen with the new romance blossoming between Shara and her often stereotyped Drow lover. How would Albanon deal with his past memories of almost being turned into one of the plague demons? More importantly, I wondered if the trilogy would wrap up the series in a compelling and powerful way or if it would build up to a disappointing climax that left the readers wondering “Was that it”?
The book slowly introduces you back into the abyssal plague as it reminds you of the devastation and the people that are trying to survive amidst the terror gripping the land. Then suddenly the action picks up and a problem with Albanon becomes apparent. A problem that may cause a radical change for the group of warriors and possibly the entire realm dependent upon on how far it goes. This struggle rears its head in Winterhaven and the action that caused it will cause most readers to feel sorrowful for a moment, I know I did. That is important because it means I developed some type of bias and connection towards someone in the story and what happens to them instantly struck me as “wrong” and flat out evil. I verbally made the remark, “Who would do that!” I won’t spoil the event, but big things come in small packages and in this case the event was small in comparison to everything else going on, but the effect was huge.
The journey becomes full of tension, action and unexpected turns after this point. Some elements cause worry while others seem fun such as Uldane’s antics in the campsite they come upon. The end of the book wraps up in a strong conclusion that doesn’t leave the reader disappointed or feeling frustrated at the lack of answered questions that some books leave wide open.
Out of 5 possible Vestapalk scales, I give it a 4. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.