I loved ‘Darien’, the first book of the Empire of Salt trilogy; it was the first book I’d read from C.F Iggulden and the mixture of fantasy and battles engrossed me. I reached eagerly for ‘Shiang,’ which was not up to the standard of ‘Darien,’ but was…okay. I was very disappointed by ‘The Sword Saint,’ the final book of the trilogy which I feel ended the series with a whimper rather than a bang.
My personal feeling was that the author was trying to recreate the visual effects of an epic film with words, and the result was complicated and messy. I found the plot difficult to follow and as a result became quickly disengaged.
I give ‘The Sword Saint’ just the two stars.