A fantasy adventure about a race to discover, and control, magical artifacts of immense power.
Waxillium Ladrian is settling down, or trying to. But first his wedding to the oddly endearing Steris hits a bit of a snag, and then some pesky shape-shifting immortals show up with wild stories of relics known as the Bands of Mourning, rumored to bestow immense magical power on anyone who holds them. Soon enough, he’s off to the outlying city of New Seran, chasing down a legend—and his own uncle, who’s part of a mysterious organization known as the Set trying to manipulate and control inborn magical abilities and who may be holding Wax’s sister captive. This sequel to The Alloy of Law (2011) and Shadows of Self (2015) continues to push back the frontiers of Wax’s world and raise questions about what justice is and what it means to be a good person. But it’s the characters that are the real strength here: besides the conflicted, striving Wax, there’s Wayne, who’s more than just the comic relief, Marasi, who’s forging her own identity in a changing world, and Steris, who’s just not like anyone else. Fans of Wax and his companions will thoroughly enjoy this next installment of their absorbing adventures.
A fast-paced novel that’s part Wild West, part Indiana Jones, and wholly entertaining, combining high emotional stakes with a deep, good-natured sense of humor.