Part of the Wolfblade Trilogy series
Marla Wolfblade is reeling from the loss of her closest advisor, who taught her how to rule a kingdom and to take control of Hythria.
But Marla's plans for revenge are disrupted when she discovers a dangerous adversary. And on their borders, a neighbouring kingdom has massed its troops for invasion.
Damin Wolfblade, Marla's eldest son, finds his ability to fight back is thwarted by tradition, politics and the dangerous foolishness of the High Prince. Back in the city of Krakendar, Damin's uncle Mahkas awaits news of the battle and has sealed the gates against his nephew's return.
With the population on the brink of starvation, it seems only theft on an unprecedented scale can free Krakandar from Mahkas's madness and tyranny ...and destroy Hythria's web of secrets and lies.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 720 pages, 1 map
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 04/09/2008
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9781841496542
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Review by lewispike
The Wolfblade saga comes to its end - although of course they crop up again in the Demon Child books in part.As has been the case throughout the series, this is epic in scale and scope, although this time all the action takes place in a few week at the end of the 30+ year saga of the whole series.Marla moves into top gear against Alija, and it works far better than she could have expected. Damin proves his worth as a leader, and manages to get Lernen to lower the age of majority so he can take over Kalandar - and incidentally remove several provinces from the Sorcerer's Collective control after that control is already weakened.The bad people, even the bad people from book one who have apparently gotten away with it, get their comeuppance in a suitably painful fashion - and although their secrets are not really paraded for public consumption, nor proven, they are aired and understood.Because of the smaller time-frame the story telling is tighter, and there are fewer principle points of view as well, which I think strengthens Ms. Fallon's writing style.All in all a very satisfying end to a good series.