The Crystal Mountain by Thomas M. Reid
Posted by travizzt on November 4, 2009
The Crystal Mountain by Thomas M. Reid- This is the last book in The Empyrean Odyssey trilogy, preceded by The Fractured Sky, being the second book, and The Gossamer Plains, the first. The story picks right up where The Fractured Sky left off and we find Tauran, Kael, Aliisza, Zasian Menz, Myshik, Micus, and Kaanyr Vhok all effected by the death of Mystra (The goddess of Magic).
I’ll just simply reword what the description says on the back of the book. Kaanyr Vhok wants revenge on the angels that held him captive, and he is finally in the place to be able to. Aliisza is torn between her son, the angel that freed her, and her lover for her to swear her alliance.
1) Eirwyn. While she wasn’t a bad character, her side story wasn’t really interesting. Don’t get me wrong, it did show the utter confusion of the High Council and did have a purpose, but it just seemed to drag on.
1) Characters. The way Aliisza changed is remarkable. I’ve liked her before but now she really blew me away by being so changed and understanding of her lot in life. She grew greatly as a character in this one, more so than the earlier books. Kael also grew greatly within this book. He seemed to go from a main/ secondary character into someone who I want to read more about. Tauran was well written, and we can really feel sorry for him throughout the book. Vhok and his single-mindedness was just wonderful.
2) Return of one of my favorite characters. I can’t give anything away, so I’ll make this short. Seeing him return was just wonderful, and he still had the same vanity and humor as before.
3) Micus/ Myshik. What happens to them I was more than happy about. Once again, I can’t give too much away, but it felt right and just that this happened.
4) The Spellplague. This is the first book that really showed what happened during it. I’ve read a couple before this, but it didn’t really go into much detail. Now, however, seeing how destructive it is and how it corrupts a few characters really made me shiver.
5) The ending. It really wrapped up this trilogy very well. I’m happy with everything happening and how everything ended up. It just felt right.
* I couldn’t really find any major flaws in the story, and most of all the characters grew a lot and in a good way. *