The Ivory Tomb

Orbit. (Rooks and Ruin, Bk. 3). Dec. 2022. 544p. ISBN 9780316454391. pap. $17.99. FANTASY
Caruso concludes her “Rooks and Ruin” epic fantasy trilogy (following The Quicksilver Court) with exciting action, political intrigues, and personal betrayal. The Serene Empire has seen the Dark Days come again since the freeing of the Nine Demons. The Rookery has defeated some of the Demons, but Carnage and Corruption are still destroying the land and its people. Only one might bring back peace: Ryxander, the Warden of Gloamingard, who is also the Demon of Disaster. Ryx wants to keep her world intact but is obstructed by tested loyalties and mistrust on all sides and the Empire and Witch Lords on the verge of war. For Eruvia to survive, Ryx will have to recall her past and find answers within herself and within the black tower of Gloamingard.
VERDICT Ryx’s arc is satisfying, and her strengths come alive as she navigates the world and her values. Caruso completes a solid epic fantasy series that will appeal to fans of Sarah J. Maas and Rowenna Miller’s complex schemes.
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