Dave Duncan is one of the finest Fantasy writers I've read, and I've read them ALL. If you haven't discovered Duncan's wonderful lyrical prose, you have to try him. Some of his out-of-print titles are just as good (if not better) than the stuff that's on the local bookstore's shelves, so hunt them down and enjoy!
This book is another fantastic installment in the Kings Blades series -- as always excellently written and conceived. This installment takes a much much darker turn than the others and leaves the hero with an ambiguous triumph -- for which you are sad, even as you are convinced that the hero was right to do what he did.