A Power Unbound

Tor.com. (The Last Binding, Bk. 3). Nov. 2023. 432p. ISBN 9781250788955. $28.99. FANTASY
The pursuit for the final piece of the Last Contract is coming to a close. Jack Alston, Lord Hawthorn, would rather stay as far away from magic as possible after the death of his twin sister, but keeping his friends safe is important. Yet it seems they will also need the assistance of writer and thief Alan Ross, whose materialistic and opinionated attitudes will result in more harsh words—and a large pot of simmering sexual tension. When Jack’s ancestral seat, Cheetham Hall, becomes the epicenter for a lavish celebration hiding a dark and twisted plot, Jack, Alan, and their friends discover that nearly everything they knew about Britain’s magic origins will be washed away in bloody sacrifice. Sharp and pointed dialogue keeps all the relationships moving forward. Twisting plots lead to surprising answers and futures for the Blyth siblings and their partners, and delightful interactions with spirits and near-sentient homes create fanciful moments.
VERDICT The final book of Marske’s “The Last Binding” series, after A Restless Truth, is a satisfying conclusion to a charming, queer historical fantasy trilogy.
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