LAST TO RISE
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.