The final volume of the trilogy featuring Moirin of the Maghuinn Dhonn is an improvement over the second, but that’s not saying a whole lot. Carey is not particularly subtle when writing characters of color and they often feel like caricatures. Reasonably satisfying, but certainly not a keeper.
Moirin of the Maghuinn Dhonn returns to Terre d’Ange to find a country paralyzed with grief. Queen Jehanne has died in childbirth, leaving an infant daughter and grieving husband behind. Thierry, Daniel’s son from his first marriage and heir to the throne, is presumed dead in the wilds of Terra Nova and Moirin is in the middle of a political maelstrom after she’s appointed Jehanne’s daughter’s protector. Then Moirin has a vision of Jehanne where she finds out that Thierry is still alive in Terra Nova — along with her manipulative former lover, Raphael de Mereliot. Moirin must brave the jungle to put her past to rest. (GRAND CENTRAL, Jun., 624 pp., $26.99)