*Spoilers for The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers*
Frodo has been taken captive by the Enemy, leaving Sam with Sting and the Ruling Ring in Mordor.
Gandalf and Pippin are making their way towards Minas Tirith to meet with the Steward of Gondor and prepare for war. Following them are the Riders of Rohirrim, Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli.
The epic conclusion of the high fantasy trilogy, is hands-down, the greatest conclusion to a book series that I have read. Unlike most book series nowadays, The Return of the King wraps up the trilogy in a perfect way. After the climax, there’s a lot of material making sure that the reader is satisfied with Middle-Earth and is left with minimal questions.
The best part of this book, while not the biggest, was the story of Sam as he saves Frodo. In the first book, he was not shown as the most strong, the most brave or the most smart, the one thing he was known for was his exceptional loyalty to Frodo and this proves that. A great character curve for both Sam and Frodo.
The Return of the King gives us a closer look at Mordor, Sauron, the Black Riders and basically the Enemy. Up until now, while he was talked about, discussed and even appeared in one scene, we never knew what and who he was. This book successfully solved that.
The storyline is the best one in the series, as is the case in most books, the concluding part is the best. While the last few chapters are similar to the first chapters of The Fellowship of the Ring, they are a lot more accomodating for the reader. The slow-moving writing style from the first-half of the the first book when returns in the conlcuding chapters, it kind of gives that homely feeling, subconsciously you can tell that everything is okay again.
The title of the book is perfect, similar to the tone of the book and while it hints the crowning of Aragorn, we already knew that in the first two books. The writing style by now has been realized by the reader, after two books as the exceptional thing it is.
I do not recommend this book series as a must read, but if you are a fiction fanatic, one must try it. The writing style is the kind that many people are not comfortable with, but after a few chapters, the reader gets used to it. If you are interested in reading this series, you should read the Hobbit first. Easier writing style and it gives you an idea of the fictional world. Many people read the trilogy first and drop it after the first few pages which I admit are not the most welcoming ones.
Whatever problems this series has, it was one of my most exciting reads.
Writing – 9/10
Cover – 9.5/10
Story – 10/10
Title – 9.5/10
Total – 9.5/10
About the Author
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (18921973), popularly known as J.R.R. Tolkien and
the father of modern high fantasy was an English writer, poet, and university
professor is known for his epic masterpieces The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit
and The Silmarillion.
About The Guest
Tanmay Jain is a blogger, book reviewer, writer and bibliophile from Jaipur, Rajasthan. He has been reading books since he was a child and hasn’t stopped since. He started his first blog in 2016 and since that, after many unsuccessful attempts at managing a successful blog, he landed on his current and most successful blog, Scion of Society. Tanmay dabbles mostly in fiction writing bust sometimes wanders off to poetry, book reviewing and writing tips. He is an editor for his school magazine, X-rays. He’s a teenage writer, aspiring author, and a budding blogger.