As the description suggests, this last book in the Magemother series is full of “danger and death, loyalty and friendship.”
Much more is learned about the major players – especially Brinley, Tabitha, Hugo, Cannon, as well as the mages – in this installment of the work. There is a shocking betrayal, some unexpected support, and lots of other activity to keep things moving along toward the final confrontation.
The slight religious overtures in this volume appear rather at odds with the rest of the narrative. They just didn’t really seem to mesh as well as the author probably would have liked.
The writing was very good, drawing me along more and more into the story, to the extent that I never wanted to stop reading this book until I had finished the entire thing.
The ending was quite definitive; good enough to be considered a "happy" ending, but with enough sad parts to make it believable. Although the author has stated this is his last work set in Aberdeen, there were lots of unexplored opportunities left open for possible future visits, or at least fertile ground for the imaginings of the reader.
I received a free e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.