The conclusion of the fabulous Spiritwalker Trilogy, Cold Steel lives up to the first two novels and takes things a bit further. The most fabulous part of Elliott’s series is how perfectly crafted the characters are, each with their own flaws and blind spots, as well as their honor or lack thereof. The Master of the Wild Hunt is frightening and sympathetic at the same time. Rebellion and unrest provide plenty of opportunity for plot surprises, and the conclusion is delicious.
Cat Barahal has a serious problem: She must rescue her kidnapped husband, Andevai, from her father. The Master of the Wild Hunt is holding Andevai hostage in an effort to force her to do his bidding. Meanwhile, there is an insurgency against the princes of the land as the people have grown tired of a ruling authority held by the few over the many. Cat, her cousin Bee and half-sibling Rory must play important roles in this revolution, while also helping bring the mage houses out of clientage. (ORBIT, Jul., 624 pp., $18.00)