It ended in an excellent way. There was no dry spot in this book or in any of the Ranger's Apprentice books before. Although Will was pratically absent the whole book it was done perfectly. Horace and Halt's friendship grew a lot and into a very satisfying...thing. Evalyne was able to show us what she was capable of, especially when Will became addicted, which was totally surprising. I really enjoyed this book both times I read it and am so glad Flanagan wrote it!