The third and final book in the Imperial Series, published by Simon & Schuster in September 2007.
When Emperor Surabar is assassinated, Shalidar makes plans to put Lord Tremarle on the throne. Other lords have designs on the Mantle, however, and in the absence of clear authority the city descends into anarchy.
Femke and Reynik go into hiding with the Emperor designate, Lord Kempten. But for Kempten to assume the throne, he must first remove the threat posed by the Guild of Assassins.
The power of the Guild resides in the bonding stone – a stone which is kept in the heavily-guarded Guild headquarters, deep beneath the Imperial Palace.
Femke still has allies, but she must find a way to get them into the Guild headquarters before it’s too late.
‘I really enjoyed this book.’
See the full review here: Fantasybookspot
In this final volume of a great all-action trilogy, Mark Robson pulls out all the stops … The way Mark has chosen to end this story is spectacular! I felt I was right there, alongside Femke, Reynik and their allies, as the action unfolded. A great end to a great series; I’d recommend this to anyone who likes a fast-paced fantasy thriller suitable for young adults.
See the full review here: Authortrek
I would call this the endgame of a very interesting game of chess, but that would give a picture that is too black and white.
See the full review here: The Bookbag
The story proceeds at a cracking pace: strongly delineated events, unexpected twists, a sometimes complicated but always clear narrative.
See the full review here: Armadillo – Winter 2007 Issue