Author: Lynn Kurland
Series: Morgan of Melksham Book Three
Genre: Romantic fantasy
Copyright Date: 2009
Cover: A woman with bad hair wields a sword. Her long flowing garments seem to be in no immediate danger, though I question the outfit choice. A castle stands behind her in the distance.
First line: "A dank chill filled the air, slipping down the weathered sides of crooked buildings to pool on glistening cobblestones."
Best part: Unexpected plot twists.
Worst part: For a mercenary, the main character strikes me as a bit weak and girly. Not so much a problem in the previous two books.
Recommended for: Anyone who has read the first two books.
Related Reads: Star of the Morning by the same author (book one), Fortune and Fate by Sharon Shinn, Agent of Change by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (sf/f crossover), By the Sword by Mercedes Lackey, The Sleeping God by Violette Malan.
Morgan has come to terms with her heritage. She is betrothed to the one man she has ever truly loved. She has a whole bunch of new relatives. But the cat isn't in the bag just yet. The evil well her father created must be closed, and the evil mage who wishes to open it must be defeated. Is she strong enough to do the thing that scares her most - access her magical powers?
A satisfying conclusion to the trilogy. It felt like the author was ending things early, and then she went in a new, and realistic direction. I enjoyed that. Unfortunately, Morgan mostly goes around having her butt saved by various men throughout the course of this book. How did she ever get so far as a merc if she can't take care of herself? Yes, the author set it up that she was in all these situations she couldn't face, so she has to trust other people. Awesome. But why can't she solve any problems using her sword and wits anymore? C+.