In this, the final novel in Martha Wells' Fall of Ile-Rien series, Tremaine Valiarde and her allies are making a last-ditch attempt to defeat the Gardier once and for all. They've found a secret portal that holds their last hope of saving the remains of Ile-Rien, but it leads to a mysterious city hidden behind the Gate of the Gods, where they will face dangers untold and hardships unnumbered before finally achieving victory.

This victory comes at a price, however, and Tremaine is willing to put the continued survival of her world ahead of her own. Wells' prose is, as usual, workmanlike and precise, and her characterization is interesting. New readers are advised to start at the beginning of the series. Here, there's precious little exposition, and the world that Wells has built is complex and difficult to understand if one hasn't read previous volumes. This is a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy, and fans of her work should be pleased. (Nov., 416 pp., $24.95)
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Natalie A. Luhrs