The lonely hero is about to die. The army is facing annihilation. And far off, wings of hope sped to the rescue. Can they get there in time? Is this a scene from Return of the Kingor the ending of Father of Dragons? The fourth of five books in the series, Father of Dragons ends with a monstrous cliffhanger. But the book is more than just a buildup to All My Holy Mountain. With new characters introduced and old friends brought back, this book increases the stakes in the war for Kirthanin. As I finished it, I felt a strange excitement, a longing for the day when all things shall be made new.
I also find it hard to review by stars. I absolutely have loved this series. The Great Bear and the Dragons are awesome. Te characters are very "real". I really felt it when Joriem (sp?)died. It hurt. I sympathize with Benjiah and Aljeron, Wylla, and even Rulalin (I want him to get "saved"). The reaon why I couldn't give this a five though is for two reasons: 1)Though it is well written, like someone else pointed out, the bad guys aren't that bad, and 2)It is as if the entire populace is the equivalent of "saved". there is no repentance and coming to Allfather for forgivess and fellowship with Him. I think Allfather represents God well, but it isn't just the bad guys that aren't as depraved as reality would have them be but the "good" guys lack that depraity as well.All in all, I love this series for what it is. It definitely makes me too long for the day when God makes all things right and restores things to the way they were meant to be. Someday here, in our world, God will restore all things beginnin with His Holy Mountain.
Rating with stars is always hard for me, but I know now as I read more into this series and other books that these just don't reach the highest standards. I see now that they are not as well written as I had thought they were, but of course I will read the last one. The end of the story must be known, but I wish they could have been completed just a little bit more. Something is missing I just don't know exactly how to write it here.