I finished reading Iron Council, a fantasy epic by China Mieville. It is well worth plowing through his ornate vocabulary to reach the end.
There were actually several points which I thought would be natural endings to the novel. Without gross spoilers, I will describe the tone of each one.
page 550: melancholy acceptance of fate
page 552: militant anarchist pride
page 554: Christ-like death
page 561 (actual ending): we are beginning another epic narrative.