Tor. (The Grand Illusion, Bk. 3). Aug. 2023. 624p. ISBN 9781250847010. $30.99. FANTASY
After the tragic ending of Councilor, this gaslamp political fantasy dives yet deeper into the dirty politics of Guldor and continues to follow one good man’s attempt not to get his hands too dirty while trying to keep his country on a course that will benefit most of its people, not just the rich and mighty. It’s a tall order, but Steffan Dekkard just might pull it off if he can make the right allies and avoid the knives, guns, and smear campaigns of his many enemies. This series as a whole, and this entry in particular, focuses on the behind-the-scenes maneuverings of government—and how easy it is to manipulate through misinformation or assassination. Readers who enjoy the cut and thrust of making deals will be fascinated with Dekkard’s wily maneuvering, but those looking for more action in their fantasy should look elsewhere.
VERDICT Recommended for readers of politically focused fantasy and those who enjoy seeing a good man fight the good fight, even if not with sharp-edged weapons.
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