This blog is not becoming an all Modesitt blog. However I do have the next book in the series on order. Ha!
This book is set before the first three books in the Corean Chronicles and after the next three. Court intrigue and succession are the major themes in this volume.
Mykel of the last few books is now a historic figure. The land that he undertook to protect has flourished but seems to be in a decline. The current Lord Protector does not seem to measure up to the Talent that Mykel displayed.
Mykella, a female namesake, is the protagonist in this book. She discovers facets of her being that were previously unknown. She also faces the Soarers who have been in every volume of the series.
If you have read any of my reviews, you have seen I am fond of a strong female protagonist. The men in this book seem terrified by competent women and dismayingly enough, I know a few guys who would fit in that category. Kudos to Modesitt for providing strong role models for both young men and women.
In my repetitive closing on Modesitt's books, I am an admitted admirer of Modesitt's style and work. There is a common thread of honor and responsibility through his work. His characters struggle to maintain their core identities and to remain truly humble in spite of increasing power.
I highly recommend.
This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.