Dirk Provin may be the true heir to the throne of Dhevyn, but he has betrayed his people to ally himself with the ruling Lion of Senet and the High Priestess of the Shadowdancers. Or so it seems. Dirk is working to bring down the usurpers and the false religion. Unaware of Dirk's plotting, the crippled Prince Misha of Senet breaks with his family and finds sanctuary among the Baenlanders, who offer him another path to freedom. Dirk's mother, Alenor, Queen of Dhevyn, believes her son a traitor and schemes to avenge her people.

The final installment in the Second Sons trilogy ties together the tangled threads of years of spying and plotting. With her customary flair, Fallon delineates motivation and consequence, bringing home the price of freedom. Dirk can see no other path than the one he's set for himself, and readers feel his pain at deceiving those he loves. Fantasy readers have welcomed Fallon's fresh voice and will not be disappointed; she remains true to her passionate characters as she brings this epic to a stirring conclusion. (Jun., 592 pp., $6.99)
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Jen Talley Exum