Book 3 of the Seelie Wars trilogy brings the series to a close.
Prince Aspen and his midwife-apprentice friend, Snail, have come out of hiding, and the prince is now king of the Seelies, chosen by the land after the deaths in battle of his father and brothers. Through third-person narration with alternating chapters from Prince Aspen’s and Snail’s points of view, readers learn how unconfident Aspen is about ruling and how woefully unprepared he is to fight off the looming army of Unseelies, led by the traitor, Jack Daw. As a desperate last-ditch effort to reinforce his decimated army and save his people, Aspen convinces Snail to go to Professor Odds’ camp (where they hid out in the prior book, The Last Changeling, 2014) to plead for the changelings there to fight on the side of the Seelies. The abundant complement of fey characters populating Book 2 is here skillfully winnowed down to only those that matter. The riddle of the three questions of the Sticksman that Prince Aspen is charged to solve becomes a focal point in Book 3—so much so that its resolution not only brings the trilogy to an eminently satisfying close, but gives, retroactively, a greater depth and resonance to Book 2.
A series closer that delivers a skillful balance of action, magic, and mental conundrums. (Fantasy. 9-14)