Mistress Of The Ages (The First Empress, Book 3) by Michael R. Hicks
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The long anticipated conclusion to the The First Empress trilogy part of the In Her Name series arrived just as I finished reading the previous novels in the series, I wanted to get back into the swing of things:)
The final novel had a lot of work to do since at least to me it seemed that Michael would have to put a lot of content into a single book if we were going to get from where we left off to the where we knew the story was going (according to the information from the previous novels in the series dealing with Keel-Tath). As it turns out he knew what he was doing and the solution to the search and use of the seven crystals that were at the heart of the Priesthoods made sense and by using known plot points he managed to put in an awful lot of narrative which led us ultimately to the society/culture changing curse and eventually to the war with the humans millennia later. The real bonus was that much of what we knew from previous books had left us with so many questions (or was that just me again) and I came away from this novel very satisfied with how events played out even if most of them were tragic in nature.
The novels gets five stars without a doubt but I think if I was honest I would say the more human centric books in the series have the edge since we are dealing with a prequel series where some events are known and others awaiting answers but Mistress of the Ages and The First Empress trilogy are excellent additions to the In Her Name epic science fiction creation.
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