The trilogy that began with The Emperor's Blades and continued in The Providence of Fire reaches its epic conclusion.
"Deeply satisfying" Kirkus
"Staveley shows how to end a fantasy epic with The Last Mortal Bond" Io9
Death is near, armies are gathered, and the future rests on a knife-edge.
The Annurian Empire is losing a war on two fronts - and it's unclear who is in command. Adare is stationed in the thick of battle and now calls herself Emperor. However, she can't hold back the nomadic Urgul forces for much longer. She needs her brilliant general, Ran il Tornja, but will he betray her again?
Her brother Kaden is the true heir, yet he'll accept a Republic to save his divided people. And he faces something even more terrible than war. He's unmasked Ran il Tornja as a remnant of an ancient race who attempted to destroy mankind. The general plans to finish what they started, and is amassing all the power he needs.
The empire calls on the Kettral, its toughest soldiers, but their order has been decimated. Its last fighters are in disarray, but could they still turn the tide of war? Most disturbingly of all, capricious gods walk the earth in human guise. And their desires could seal the fate of a world.
PRAISE FOR THE LAST MORTAL BOND
"A truly epic tale full of memorable characters, clever politics, an intelligent magic system, brutal battle scenes, and witty dialogue" Fantasy Faction
"One of the most brutal, gut-wrenching, raw, emotional, masterfully told, brilliantly plotted, beautifully written series I have ever had the pleasure of reading" The Book Eaters
"The perfect ending to a fantastic trilogy" Beauty in Ruins
"Darker and fiercer than the other two books [...] the way Staveley crafts the ending, bringing everything together, is just masterful" Speculative Herald