This is the final volume in a dark fantasy trilogy. Lynn Flewelling expertly creates characters that I care about, both in this trilogy and in her Nightrunner series (set, centuries later, in the same imagined world as this trilogy). I cared deeply about Ki, Tharin, Caliel, Lutha, and Tanil. I wanted the flawed character of Korin to redeem himself, while not expecting that he would. Because I cared about these characters, I cared about the story, even when the focus switched to people whom I didn't care about as deeply.
Several gripes (mild spoilers ahead): The bodycount in the battles seemed high, yet the deaths of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of ordinary soldiers didn't appear to weigh on Tamir or Ki or Arkoniel.... Characters recovered from injuries as needed by the plot, healers and help arriving conveniently.... I disliked the passage on page 180: "Arkoniel couldn't imagine magic ever supplanting war, and doubted if it would be a good thing if it did. War gave men like Jorvai purpose." .... The closing chapters were a shade disappointing, bringing the story to a satisfactory conclusion yet not in a surprising or thrilling manner. I yearned for an extra scene with Ki and Tamir together.
A good conclusion to a good trilogy. I love Lynn Flewelling's characters, and, because of that, love reading her books.
- Mass Market Paperback: 557 pages
- Publisher: Spectra (27 June 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 055358345X
- ISBN-13: 978-0553583458
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 3.2 x 17.2 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 272 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 340,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)