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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Hachette Australia
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0733624200
  • ISBN-13: 978-0733624209
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,538,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I sport fence, and top level male fencers beat top level female fencers 99% of the time.
James L. Gillaspy
Took over a year, before i got around to reading it. i bought the next book before I finished the one before it.
j. darryl smith
The story line is great, characters ar believeable and a great ending makes this a super read!
dieter h. benesch

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on April 26, 2011
Format: Paperback
Regent Balthaar Arosh plans to return the Bacosh back to what it was over two centuries ago before the alien serrin of Saalshen ended the ancient system. His forces conquer Enora and Rhodaan, partially because the local populace is divided.

The Lenayin king is dead while most of the army is humiliated by how the kingdom behaved as their neighbors suffered great losses and atrocities. Unable to remain quietly in exile, Sashandra Lenayin returns to lead those soldiers ready to fight against the Regent. This divides the country in the same way the city of Tracato was split as Sasha's brothers supported by the Verenthane join the side of the Regent.

The final battle that will determine the fate of the Bacosh is in the human border city of Jahnd in the Saalshen. However, for Sasha and her allies to repel the conquerors depends on Ilduur sending its Steel into the fight. Most of the Ilduur rejects joining the war as the mountains protect them from the battles to the north. A desperate Sasha becomes the Lenay warlord as she heads south to plead with the Ilduur to send troops.

The final A Trial of Blood and Steel political military fantasy is a super climax to a powerful saga (see Petrador and Tracato). The story line is fast-paced and loaded with action as the armies of both sides meet for an epic battle that will determine the future of the Bacosh. The irony of this timely saga is the humans support the Regent because he is one of their species though his objective will return them to an age of enslavement while opposing the enlightened serrin who have brought prosperity and freedoms. Besides the nearby Ipshaal River flowing with blood, this thriller is a thought provoking tale.

Harriet Klausner
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rachel L. Stokes on September 28, 2011
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I really enjoyed all four of these books, and I was very pleased with the way the last of the installment wrapped things up. The ending is a little rushed and could've used some more time spent resolving some issues, but no major threads are left hanging and the characters behave consistently throughout. I really enjoyed these books and highly recommend the series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Minion on June 10, 2012
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the writer got way to fond of the F-word in the last two books. Did not need it and when it's that over used, there is no "shock" value to it. It made the series something I am not willing to pass on to my 11 and 13 year old nephews because of it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jetpack on November 23, 2011
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"Love carved its own path, and made its own fate."

If you have read my reviews, of other books in the series, you know my love of Sasha. She's my wife in book-form, driven by her beliefs and passions. Often she doesn't know the way, but she knows what must be done. And she blooms as she ages.

But page 252 is it. I have been waiting two books for this scene. Rhillian finally does what I've been wanting her to do this whole time. I'm so proud of her. Yes, I know, she's fictional. I DON'T CARE. She finally does the right thing for the right reason and to heck with the consequences.

Koenyg has the perfect ending.

Is the ending a bit sudden- possibly, but that is what happens in a battle like that. One slight change at the right time ends it.

It is easy to recommend this series. It's very gray, and Book 3 is very hard, but the series is a masterpiece. I'm really glad I found it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By derry ohara on August 8, 2013
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Really enjoyed it and the whole series. Would be nice to see some more in this vein from Mr Shepherd
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kati schenk on January 23, 2013
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Consistency and flow from the three former books, kept up the pace, and was still very well written. The four books ae a great read for fantasy readers...Sasha is a great character and so much like my Sasha I really got a charge out of it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Judah on May 4, 2012
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This is the end of the Trial of Blood and Steel, over 300 consecutive pages of battle, warfare, and military engagement. Everything is centered around Haven (also called Jahnd), a fortified human city constructed at the edge of Saalashen. If it is taken, the Serrin face genocide. The book opens with tactical discussions, and a desperate diplomatic mission to Ilduur, a nearby neutral country the Serrin helped found 200 years ago. Their Nasi-Keth have become isolationist, and there's a hidden bribery tie-in.

After that mission, it's the big war. Kesseligh is overall commander, but he's outnumbered somewhere between 3 and 5 men to one, depending on the engagement location. Additionally, the enemy has captured 'advanced' Serrin war siege engines, and while they don't know how to best use them, they are still devastating. Sasha gets a command position.

This is the story of one final battle, with the philosophical underpinnings of both sides represented.

It is also the story of little else but the final battles. Great if you are in the mood for battles and war stories, but not something you'd enjoy if you just want light fantasy or character building. Pretty much 450+ pages of constant military fantasy battles, mostly larger engagements between armies of 30000+ troops.

Events are concluded in a satisfactory manner, but little in the way of romance or character building compared to the volume of military exposition. When I read, I was in the mood for military fiction, and I enjoyed the work.
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