As Bailar and his apprentices help the Conclave prepare for conflict with the rogue sorcerers, Sura learns that she is a descendant of a noble House in the Alliance. But when she discovers the price of her history, it may be too late.
This is a very quick read. It’s solid, entertaining fantasy, without any chaff holding it down. Despite it being the third book of a series, there’s no boring recitation of the previous books to wade through, just a few bits here and there, woven in well, that really were necessary to understand the story. It stands on its own well.
The conflict felt too easily handled. Sura finds out she’s actually nobility and is tossed into the deep end of the Courtly pool, so to speak. It’s clear she’s not in the least bit tempted by it, and her self-extraction, while it’s well foreshadowed by earlier events, is far too easy. In fact, every complication is surmounted with ease.
I did get the impression this book is sort of a filler of a cute little story to connect book 2 and book 4, to show what’s going on during the passage of time and to set up the main conflicts for the future.
Having said that, it’s a swift read, and good fantasy. I recommend it for anyone who likes sword & sorcery stuff, heavy on the sorcery, and would characterize it as YA Fantasy.