I THOUGHT it was a metaphor. It wasn’t. My bad. But that STILL doesn’t mean the final revelation should be skipped over so briskly in the final stages of the last book. That, for me, is where the real explanation of what was really going should just be beginning!
Please don’t think I want Sanderson-esque magic systems instead. Oh my god. Shoot me.
I really don’t like “magic systems” for the very same reason. Magic should feel like magic, not technology. If that is the point the author was going for, great, I’m on board. But it still doesn’t make it less narratively unsatisfying!
Same with how characters spending ages getting places, when it’s also revealed some can fly through rock, and some have access to a mass transit system. No matter how interesting those ideas are, it doesn’t make it any less unsatisfying spending time with characters struggling to get somewhere when, be magic and technology, they could just skip to the end of the journey.
It doesn’t matter how interesting the events are along the way, if you find out the entire journey could have been skipped… well… why wasn’t it skipped?
Anyway, I shared my full thoughts in a podcast I linked to further up in this thread. I don’t feel the need to go into more detail here, certainly not for a book series I mostly liked.