The Killing Light

Tor.com. (Sacred Throne, Bk. 3). Nov. 2019. 256p. ISBN 9780765395993. $17.99; ebk. ISBN 9780765395986. FANTASY
Heloise is on her way to the Imperial capital to confront the emperor and finally destroy the murderous Order that devastated her and her village. Tenuously allied with her group are the Traveling People and Red Lords, but allies in conviction do not always lead to harmony. When devils in incredible numbers arrive through a rent in the veil between worlds, the bloody destruction they cause touches all factions, allies and foes alike. To save her people and world, Heloise joins forces with the one person she holds accountable for the path they are on: Brother Tone. From her growing feelings for the Hapti knife-caster Xilyka and her struggle with the men surrounding her, to her questions of faith and fears of what is outside her war-machine armor, Heloise is both familiar and fantastical.
VERDICT This final volume of the “Sacred Throne” trilogy (after Queen of Crows) will wreck your emotions in the worst and best ways. Writing intelligent, intense prose, Cole delivers vivid worldbuilding in a story brimming with religious and military fervor and ruthless action, offering a stunning conclusion to Heloise’s journey.

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