In the final book of The Merlin Codex, Greek and Celtic myth continue to exist in a kind of vertigo-inducing disharmony. The descriptions are lovely (as they were in the first two books), but the storyline is as elusive as a Will-o-the-wisp.We finally discover who's been causing the kerfuffle in Ghostland, but that revelation only brings up more questions. Why that particular character? Why do I feel like it was randomly plucked from the mythological grab-bag? So, to sum up: Ambiguous mythological allusions float past on a sort of poetic promenade and eventually disappear into the fog of a largely amorphous plot.Stephen Hampshire
It took me a while to get into this (partly because it's been a while since I read the first two in the series I guess), but when I did I really enjoyed it. Not sure how much sense some of it would make unless you've read Holdstock's other stuff...but you should anyway, so tough!Silvio Curtis
This is the last book of the series. The troubles with Ghostland continue, and the search for their cause takes Merlin, Jason, Urtha, Niiv, and Argo on another southward voyage. A fascinating revised version of the myth of Daidalos is involved.This is the most emotionally varied of the books. Unfortunately, the hints of setting and background history stay hints and no more, with just enough revealed to explain the plot. Some of them seem to be references to other books of Holdstock's, so maybe if I read any of them I can find out more.Aharon
The Broken Kings is perhaps Holdstock's most complicated novel so far. Published two years before his death, the novel weaves many of the ideas first explored in earlier novels. The structure of the work itself is labyrinthine, rewarding readers patient enough to follow his storyteller's saga through mythopoesis until it reaches its heart.Lauren
Finally finished this one off, and while parts of it were just as tedious as the first two in the trilogy, I really liked the ending and that totally made up for the rest of it.