The Scourge of Muirwood (Legends of Muirwood: Book 3) - Jeff Wheeler
A Fun Story in the End...

Don't let the glowing reviews fool you; the first book in the Legends of Muirwood trilogy was lame.

I was surprised when I found the second and third books to actually be really fun! Glad I stuck with them.

One thing I should mention about book three . . . while the ending left me mostly satisfied, I still felt a bit frustrated with how things were tied up. After some great build up over the course of all three books, the final--and most major--pieces of the puzzle were summed up lazily in the last chapter. It reminded me of when I was writing essays in high school. I would eventually get to the point I didn't want to write anymore, so I'd just hurry and cram things into a few sentences at the end. The author could have done a great job revealing the ending bits . . . instead we just get a few paragraphs summing up the reveals I turned nearly 1000 pages to get to. Kind of annoying.