I would echo most readers accolades for the book as I enjoy the Spinword Fringe series, however the ending is unsatisfying , dark, and unlike the endings of the other books. The ending also ignores the future vision that Ayne saw through the future time wormhole machine, which I also found inconsistant with previous story lines. I also do not understand the almost one year delay in finishing this book and am moving on to other more prolific authors in frustration. At 72 I don,t have enough years left to wait for Lalonde to decide what he is trying to accomplish when he grows up!!!