I was aware, before it was released that this is the last in the Noble Dead series, though not the last book that the Hendee's intend to write pertaining to Magiere, Leesil and their friends.
In fact, the news from Miiska is that there is a whole second series, predicted to be released right through 2011 and beyond and with a series of titles which look promising, but I digress.
If you are reading this review alone it might make sense for you to find the reviews for Dhampir, Thief Of Lives, Sister of The Dead and Rebel Fay before this one.
The story in this book details the events directly from the end of the last, Magiere and Leesil have rescued his mother from her false inprisonment and now Magiere is guided by her lucid dreams to find an artefact, she can see the location and guides her companions and unknown followers faultlessly.
This is a rapid flowing dark fantasy full of action and adventure and the the Hendee's have created a world it is easy to become involved in, comprehend the politics of and to identify with the inhabitants of. A fantastic creation.
It was a welcome relief not to encounter the favoured endless and detailed refreshers used by so many to flesh out a much laboured novel and to insult readers along the way.
I like that the narrative is carried by various characters, allowing for their own viewpoint and helping to create anticipation and explanations of events which unfold.
I was disappointed that some of the main story lines detailed throughout the series are still unresolved. But then on reflection I suppose much of it could be important to the second series and to give too much away now could spoil so much later.
A riotous round of applause would follow for a finale to a great series, however, this is online so you'll have to do that bit yourself to make this a truly interactive experience!
Book Series: The Noble Dead