Long conclusion to a long series. The journey back to civilization is not as interesting as the previous books. Roger has changed, but his family is gone, his Mother is damaged and he needs to assume major responsibilities- after disposing of a lot of treacherous plotters. It is a bit dark, as Roger is essentially avenging his dead siblings and deposing his own Mother to gain a position he does not even want to hold. The necessities of state are not as riveting as the necessities of survival, though equally dangerous. He ends up with the girl, who is finally convinced to marry for the needs of the state. Her future is to act as the ruler's counterweight, govern his temper in the future and provide an heir to the empire. Not exactly romantic. Good conclusion, but more somber and less of a romp. Lot of focus on the limits of power and how easily it can force bad choices for better ends.
Great conclusion to outstanding series
great series, loved every book and the final book we few was a five star to me, would like to read more in that series
Very enjoyable series. A series to be read and re-read.
Real people (etc) in militarily real situations doing the right thing. Last (at least I think it's the last) in a four-book series. I read the first book without realizing that it wasn't a stand alone, which usually kinda irritates me, but this series could go longer and it would be all right with me. You really want to start at the beginning. It's worth the ride.
excellent book last in series
Continuing the Prince Roger story, this is the perfect cap.
as the other books in the series extreemly good. I do NOT fallow authors... but in this case considering makeing an excetpion! very ver good read.. if you read one you will want to read all of them!
the last book of the prince rogers saga, where he and his crew return to reclaim the empire . . . good fun.