The dynamite duo of Ann Aguirre and Carrie Lofty (aka Connor) conclude their post-apocalyptic Dark Age Dawning trilogy by unleashing an unforgettable tale packed with treachery, betrayal and hope. A crisp storytelling style keeps the pace moving, and there’s lots of emotional resonance. An outstanding capper to a terrific series, here’s hoping these two talents join forces again.

It’s been 12 years since the world “changed” and Penelope Sheehan does what she can to improve the world gone mad. Using her magic to help stop the hellhounds and raiders, Pen has earned the nickname the Orchid. Tru Daugherty left the safety of Mason and Jenna’s retreat, only to become a lion skinwalker. Tru attacks a slave truck belonging to the O’Malley crime ring and discovers his childhood friend Pen. Pen is out to destroy O’Malley and to do that she needs to find an enclave of civilization run by the legendary Arturi Makinen. Loner Tru is reluctant to get involved, but his ties to Pen are strong. Can they bring down O’Malley’s realm? (BERKLEY SENSATION, Dec., 320 pp., $15.00)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith