The second installment of the ‘original’ trilogy, Elfstones is not the usual second installments – I think this is the strongest/best of the three books. Allanon was more mysterious than ever. Amberle, while I couldn’t always empathize with her, at least I understood her. I loved Wil and Eretria, Ander, Stee Jans, and all the elves that went with Wil and Amberle. This one still had its share of internal dialog, but it also had a lot more action.
Again, it could be read as a stand-alone. It has a ‘real’ ending and there’s no hint that there are other books in the pipeline. It was a happy ending too!