... remarkable ... Lyons has cleverly taken the epic fantasy tropes of prophecy and lineage and stood them on their heads, all while delving deep into her multidimensional characters and spinning great battles with high body counts.
Lyons braids multiple points of view, tenses, and time lines into a richly detailed and elaborate story with increasing tension and stakes ... an exciting entry in the series, culminating in an intriguing endpoint that will have readers excited for the next book.
... challenging ... Lyons raises stakes to a fever pitch while providing an overabundance of character backstory and worldbuilding history. The view of the climactic battle is eye-catching, but the casual reader might get lost on the way there as the byzantine plot is filled with switchbacks and turnarounds. Series fans will enjoy revisiting Lyons’s complex world.