obviously, as I head towards the finale of a third book in a trilogy, things are heating up. a major death. a decisive military offensive. sweeping changes. I will be glad to be done with this tale, as it has never really dazzled me, but I have loved the characters, especially Lorkin and Sonea. already pondering my next Crime & Mystery pick, I must admit, but I am curious to see how dramatic and exciting Canavan can manage to make things at the endgame here.