Fantasy series that started out great but fell flat by the end

We have all been there. Putting countless hours into a big series we love right from the start and the author can do no wrong. Then we come to the final volume, built up with so much anticipation and excitement. How will the author tie up loose ends? Who will live and who will die? What revelations will knock us off our feet? We have all these questions going into the story and by the end, we can’t help but feel the author laid a goose egg. You feel let down and disappointed not only for not getting the ending you we expecting but the wasted potential of the characters you spent so much time following on their journey.

The two examples I can provide for a disappointing end to a series are: the Demon Cycle by Peter V Brett and The Lightbringer Series by Brent Weeks. Both of these series have similar feelings for me as the first four books in each series were amazing! There was so much build up for the concluding volumes and I didn’t know what to expect. For the Demon Cycle, the ending sequence took too long and the resolution was an easy fix. For those of you who have read The Burning White know what the main point of contention is. I won’t get into the specific’s of the finale, but let just say that everything gets resolved in the oddest way.

What series finale didn’t make the cut for you? Would you still recommend the series even though you didn’t like the ending? Let me know.


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