From Publishers Weekly
Modesitt's concluding volume to the Corean Chronicles (after 2005's Cadmian's Choice
) brings the fantasy saga to a thunderous, satisfying climax. The High Alector Dainyl is now a Marshal, charged with keeping peace among the infighting alectors on the planet Corus, a world they've settled and developed after exhausting the resources of their home planet, Ifryn. This final episode also continues the story of the Mykel, a human Major who possesses some psychic talent (like the alectors') in addition to his military prowess. The alector leaders have chosen to move the bulk of their population to a planet other than Corus, leaving Corus to chaos, with various human and alector factions fighting it out for survival. But it's the winged native Soarers, or Ancients, who will determine the fate of their planet and all its inhabitants. Modesitt's panoramic, battle-filled final installment ranks among his best work. (Nov.)
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*Starred Review* While concluding the second Corean trilogy, Modesitt reveals the origins of some of the social structures and problems that formed the background and plots of the first. The Alectors must move from one planet to another every few millennia because their civilization consumes a world's life force. Corus is one of two worlds prepared for the imminent next move, but the Alectoral government seemingly will choose the other, leaving Corus as a dumping ground for those adjudged unfit for the new world. Those trying to maintain order on Corus face natives chafing at restrictions designed to preserve life force for the Alectors and the High Alectors, with no further goal to achieve, fighting among themselves with lethal weapons. The ancients--the Soarers--decide to act, but no one knows what they can do. The characters have become more fascinating with each novel; moreover, this one includes even more action than either of its predecessors, Alector's Choice
(2005) and Cadmian's Choice
(2006), which contributes mightily to bringing the adventures of Dainyl, Alector of Corus, and Mykel, an officer in the native military corps, to a stunning conclusion while leaving enough unanswered questions for many more Corean stories. Frieda MurrayCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved