The worldwide phenomenon continues—from the boldly original author of Captive Prince and Prince’s Gambit.
“Damianos of Akielos has returned.”
Damen’s identity has been revealed, and now he must face his master, Prince Laurent, as Damianos of Akielos, the man Laurent has sworn to kill. The struggle that ensues takes them deep into Akielos, where they face their most dangerous opposition yet.
On the brink of a momentous battle, the future of two kingdoms hangs in the balance. In the south, Kastor’s forces are massing. In the north, the Regent’s armies are mobilizing for war. Damen’s only hope is in an alliance with Laurent, against their usurpers. But even if the fragile trust that they have built survives the revelation of Damen’s identity—can it stand against the Regent’s final, deadly play for the throne?

From the Trade Paperback edition.
February 2, 2016  |  368 pages
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Grade: 5/5    (switch to letter scale)
L/E Ratio: 60% Literature, 40% Entertainment
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Movie Potential:
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Sequel Potential:
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This was my first full reread since Kings Rising came out, and without the pressure of anticipation & hype, I absolutely loved this final book. It's shorter than Book 2, which is still the best in the series, but a number of shoes that have been poised to drop since book one are set down perfectly, & the narrative symmetry really can't be beat. The romance also gets a deservingly dramatic resolution, but I'd argue that aspect really needs the Summer Palace epilogue to get its proper denouement.