"Fair warning, this novel begins with an introduction that summarizes the two previous books in the series, and it lasts almost an hour. Of course, that's not much considering that the entire audiobook is more than 30 hours long. Narrator Tim Reynolds admirably performs the somewhat verbose work about a dead wizard who is resurrected by his daughter, an act that releases the Worm of the World's End, which plans to devour the world. Reynolds juggles a huge cast of characters with unusual names like Esmer, Clyme, Rime Coldspray and races like the Hatichai, the Ramen, and the Elohim. Reynolds imbues each character with some uniqueness, but the sheer number combined with the complicated plot makes sticking with this lengthy book a challenge. M.S. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"