This is the 4th and final book in a series. I have not changed my opinion since I reviewed In the Lion’s Mouth, this book also did not stand alone well. I suggest reading the previous three , The January Dancer and then Up Jim River and then In the Lion’s Mouth before reading this book. Donovan, the protagonist, is still the key piece in the Spiral Arm politics. The black ops teams of the Confederation and the League each hope to use him for their own ends.
I guess I should have taken my own advice and gone back and read the first two volumes. I like continuity and without those two books I could never find it. Just as in In the Lion’s Mouth, I was never able to get into this book. I like back story and find myself getting frustrated when I can’t put something in context.
Flynn does write with great imagination and flair with super detail on the characters. They have colorful nuances that make them engaging. The Hounds and the Names still contend with Donavan’s personalities and I still end up confused. One thing is certain, an undeclared war may be more vicious than a declared war.
I recommend reading these four books in order. I think that, in order, they will be much more enjoyable.
This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.