"McClellan concludes his terrific Gods of Blood and Powder trilogy with this explosive finale...McClellan sustains the tension throughout, keeping readers' hearts pounding across epic battles and backroom machinations alike. Fans will devour this action-packed series ender."-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
"The vast cast and scope of this novel capture a sense of history and politics, and McClellan remains extremely adept at this thrilling and action-packed narrative of magical and military conflict. Highly recommended for fans of fantasy that aren't afraid to deal with politics and revolution alongside spells and swords."-- "Booklist (starred review)"