Two young princes on opposite sides of a war must decide between loyalty and love in this galaxy-shaking finale of the Bloodright Trilogy.
“Skrutskie handily sticks the landing. Series fans are sure to be pleased.”—Publishers Weekly
Gal and Ettian have never been farther apart. Once, they were roommates and best friends, each suffocating under a secret of galactic consequence. When Gal’s came to light—that he was heir to the Umber Empire and all of its brutal conquest—the two were forced to flee their military academy, fall in with a brewing rebellion to reclaim the Archon Empire from Umber’s grasp, and face their long-held feelings for each other.
Then the rebellion discovered Gal’s identity and to save his life, Ettian had no choice but to unveil his own secret: that he was the long-lost heir to the Archon throne. With Gal as a political prisoner, Ettian began the fight to restore his own empire—and to open Gal’s eyes to the possibility of a galaxy reclaimed from Umber’s greed. But just when Gal was starting to come around, a team of Umber operatives rescued him from Archon’s clutches and dragged him home to take up his crown.
Now, separated for the first time and in full command of the might of their respective forces, the star-crossed rulers find themselves truly at odds. And with the war reaching a tipping point, the time has finally come for Gal and Ettian to confront what they owe their empires, their friends, and each other if they’re ever to forge a universe where the two of them can be together.
The intricate worldbuilding and pitch-perfect characterization of Skrutskie's Bloodright space opera trilogy carries through to this final chapter (after Oaths of Legacy) for a wholly satisfying conclusion that immerses readers in the madcap adventures of rival emperors who love each other deeply. Ettian emp-Archon and Gal emp-Umber have returned to their respective seats of power Gal to the court of his vicious mother and Ettian to the quietly shifting allegiances of the rebellion. With scores of people looking to them for leadership, personal desires must be put aside. But as Ettian steps in to lead the rebellion against Gal's mother, the young men begin to question what they're fighting for. With multiple betrayals including by their over-the-top former classmates, the Wraiths and several lifetimes worth of politics shadowing them, the men must find a way out of conflict and into peace. And, as ever, their mutual friend Wen Iffan, a scarred Corinthian street-rat, proves an integral part to every wild adventure either man dreams up. Readers will easily jump back into the complex political machinations of Skrutskie's beautifully detailed world. Though the back-and-forth betrayals make the middle drag a bit, Skrutskie handily sticks the landing. Series fans are sure to be pleased.