The Last Mortal Bond

The Last Mortal Bond

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"The trilogy that began with The Emperor's Blades and continued in The Providence of Fire reaches its epic conclusion, as war engulfs the Annurian Empire. The ancient Csestriim are back to finish their purge of humanity; armies march against the capital; leaches, solitary beings who draw power from the natural world to fuel their extraordinary abilities, maneuver on all sides to affect the outcome of the war; and capricious gods walk the earth in human guise with agendas of their own. But the three imperial siblings at the heart of it all--Valyn, Adare, and Kaden--come to understand that even if they survive the holocaust unleashed on their world, there may be no reconciling their conflicting visions of the future"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780765336422
Branch Call Number: SF Stav
Characteristics: 652 pages


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Nov 13, 2018


CHARACTERS: This book features heavily on Valyn, but doesn’t neglect Kaden either. There is an amazing plot twist that throws everything for a loop, giving the characters (more) challenges to work around. Valyn, blinded after his near death experience, learns how to see (ish) and becomes an intense fighter. Kaden travels to work against the barbarian lord that threatens the country, and Adare, still recovering from her experience with Intarra, the goddess, wields more power due to her new religious significance.
PLOT: Ho boy ho boy… there is a lot here that feeds into a MAJOR spoiler, which feeds into more and more spoilers. I really don’t know how to explain this plot, so I can only really say that it is the best possible and the most awesome ending and conclusion to this thrilling series.
ACCURACY: Again, this series knows its world. (See my previous reviews on the first two books). This time we get to visit the capital of the Skullsworn, the feared cult of assassins, and that is world building we’ve been waiting for since we’ve first been introduced to Pyrre.
RECOMMENDATION: READ THIS! Five out of five stars! 100% fresh! Absolutely amazing! I loved every page!

Aug 10, 2018

Epic novel that brushes up against Skullsworn.

Feb 13, 2018

Not as good as the first two in the series. I felt that Staveley ended the story abruptly, and left a lot of unanswered questions about most of the characters. Maybe he intends to write spin-off stories. But this story seemed unfinished.

Aug 28, 2016

This series presents a new form of magic and an interesting perspective on deities. Staveley writes with minimal back stories so the previous 2 novels suffered a little from moments of "deus ex machina" whereas this 3rd in the series suffers a little from escalation ... when you have already portrayed everyone as superhumanly badass, where else can you go? You may notice that the somewhat excessive use of a made-up curse in the other 2 books has been largely replaced by the F-word as a minor example of this. I found it odd that the proverbial Chekov's gun mentioned so early on never came into play. The ending seemed rushed but the series has enough merit to be recommended.


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