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The Poet King

Tor. (Harp & Ring Sequence, Bk. 3). Mar. 2020. 320p. ISBN 9780765378347. $28.99. FANTASY
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The nation of Tamryllin has a new ruler: Ellisan Diar, who has enchanted his way into power as Poet King while claiming the support of the people. Not everyone is happy with the change, including Lady Rianna Gelvan, who plots to kill Ellisan before his coronation. Rianna is still struggling with the betrayal of her husband Ned, who left with the former king’s court poet Lin Amaristoth during a political scheme that led to his disappearance. Rianna uses her position in the court to gain Ellisan’s favor and trust, and Lin brings allies into the picture to end Ellisan’s reign before it begins. But there’s more at stake than the crown—the coronation is linked with a sinister prophecy that threatens to take the civil war to devastating extremes. Intriguing characters, diverse relationships, and political intrigue course through this lyrical, winding final volume in the trilogy (after Fire Dance).
VERDICT Myer’s lush prose and imagery amplifies a layered plot filled with magic, prophecy, and power.

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