Have no fear the ending will not be revealed. What can safely be said is that the last third of the book is much more enjoyable than what precedes it. The reason perhaps is because some of the rambling about myths and legends is cut out and real life, which is compelling enough in time of war kicks in.
As the different strands of the story come together the humour drops off and the harsh consequences of the decisions made in war come back to haunt the leading characters.
This starts feeling very much like a personal quest but by the end it is a story that applies to a generation rather than just the one individual family.
A review will follow soon...