There’s a lot of stuff packed into this part of the story, and, as such, it felt a bit more… varied than many of the other books. This book, perhaps most of the five I’ve read so far, justifies splitting the story into the 6 + 1 books this edition splits them into. There’s a nice balance here between action, character-development, drama, and suspense.
There isn’t much to say beyond that. There is probably nothing original about the Lord of the Rings that can be written that hasn’t already been written, and read, by anyone who cares. You probably really like this story, or you don’t. I do. It’s not the most riveting or accessible story I’ve read, but it maintains a cosy fairytale feeling, and it really does drag you into the universe of the story.