The adrenaline-fueled, explosive conclusion to the Indranan War trilogy by K. B. Wagers.
Gunrunner-turned-Empress Hail Bristol was dragged back to her home planet to take her rightful place in the palace. Her sisters and parents have been murdered, and the Indranan Empire is reeling from both treasonous plots and foreign invasion.
Now, on the run from enemies on all fronts, Hail prepares to fight a full-scale war for her throne and her people, even as she struggles with the immense weight of the legacy thrust upon her. With the aid of a motley crew of allies old and new, she must return home to face off with the same powerful enemies who killed her family and aim to destroy everything and everyone she loves. Untangling a legacy of lies and restoring peace to Indrana will require an empress's wrath and a gunrunner's justice.
The final installment of Wagers's Indranan War space adventure trilogy has all of the best qualities of the previous books: nerve-wracking action on the ground and in space, dark humor, and the characters' til-the-end loyalty to one another. Hailimi "Hail" Bristol was perfectly happy living life anonymously as a gunrunner until her relatives, the royal family of the Indranan Empire, were murdered by a mysterious figure. Hail reluctantly took the throne and became the head of the Indranan army amid political intrigue. Now the clever and lethal skills she learned in her years away and the network of gunrunners and other underworld characters she built are brought fully to bear as she fights to reclaim her home world and destroy the person who slaughtered her family. In this installment, Hail is tempered by loss and sacrifice, but still laser-sharp, cunning, and ready to jump into a fight if circumstances require it. This is a satisfyingly thunderous end to Hail's quest for vengeance that makes an excellent addition to any SF collection. Readers will be left hoping they'll see Hail again someday. Correction: An earlier version of this review incorrectly spelled the protagonist's first name.