Well I have finally completed Crown of Stars and was deeply satisfied with the way the story drew to a close. The Epilogue was perfect, and was beautifully sentimental without being saccharin. The fantasy genre suffers huge closure issues with most authors clearly not being able to kill off their 'babies'. Kate nailed this for me. The combination of happy, dull and bad endings for all of the characters meant that we were not fobbed off with a overly happy and neat ending, nor were we dealt a quick and sudden finale as some huge fantasy sagas deliver. The world that she created was perfect in that it did not try to make all of it's peoples so different that you were left feeling that the world did not quite fit. Even the Eika fitted in neatly to this world. All of the characters were very detailed and unique from each other. I particularly liked the way each character responded differently to circumstances, each displaying different levels of emotion. I was however, sceptical of the characterisation of Liath. Perhaps she was meant to be portrayed this way. A vague socially detached young woman with very little empathy for anybody. She came good in the end though. Alain was the big question. What were his origins etc? What was his destiny? I think I realised after the first cataclysm that his origins were not special and that his destiny was to be a prophet. Of course he is more than this... I will return to Alain once I have collected my thoughts.