This is the third, but not the last, in the Shadow of the Revenant Series. The book does not stand alone, nor does it make any attempt to, which should be fine for those reading the series. I would have liked a few hints to remind me who everyone was, however.
Ghyll is now King with a pregnant wife, and his duties are more tied to the palace, so instead of following him on his adventures as we did before, we follow previously minor characters. This would be okay if it were just one or two characters, but there were too many, and we had new characters as well which made it hard to identify strongly with any one of them. We went on various escapades with various characters, and had various skirmishes with the enemy, so the plot wandered from one event to another in a somewhat disjointed fashion.
Had this been the first or the last book in the series, this wouldn’t have been adequate, but as a middle-of-a-series book, though not as strong as the earlier books, it is acceptable.
This series started well and continued its promise in book two, but though the writing itself was proficient enough—apart from some rather clumsy sentences that I suspect are the result of being translated from another language—this book, as a whole, did not deliver the same excitement. Nevertheless, if you read the first two books, then read on.
It just squeezes into the 4-star category.