from JM Cornwell at Red Room, a review of THE SHATTERED VINE…
Gilman has ended the trilogy with a subtle power that leaves questions about the nature of religion and magic and the truth of Zatim Sin Washer and what really happened to create the Lands Vin and the legacy that comes full circle with Jerzy. Each of the friendsâ€”Mahault, KÃ¤inam, and Aoâ€”as well as Lil and Detta and Washer Brion, become fuller and more complex as the final confrontation nears, giving depth and complexity to Gilmanâ€™s trilogy and showcasing her writing and world building skills. There is so much more that could be written about the Lands Vin and the Exiles and I hope Gilman will eventually take that task in hand.
The Shattered Vine is intelligent and complex and satisfying. I am glad I had the chance to follow Jerzyâ€™s education and his journey and sad that the tale is ended. Aside from a few minor pacing issues, the Vineart War trilogy is a rewarding and rich experience of high fantasy. This trilogy is a keeper.
(all emphasis mine, natch)