For the first time in memory, being a mage is legal, though bounty hunter Rojan Dizon has mixed feelings about it. The world of Mahala is as dark as ever as it is held under siege, and Rojan is as reluctant a hero as any. Knight’s choice to give Rojan’s sister, Lise, a much bigger role here brings out a welcome softer, funnier side in this final installment of Knight’s trilogy. In working to save a city he hates alongside his closest companions, Rojan grows beyond his usual cynical worldview to make for a satisfying conclusion to the series.

With war brewing, the city of Mahala is in desperate need of power and food, and the city wastes no time in recruiting the newly legal mages to help. Pain mage Rojan Dizon is in league with his sister, brother and his usual entourage to try and combat the attacks from the enemy Storad, but the weight of being a pain mage is becoming a heavier burden on Rojan by the day, making the odds of the city’s survival even slimmer. (ORBIT, Dec., 288 pp., $15.00)
Reviewed by: 
Lindsey Galloway Senway