The Canim are being hunted in their turn by a savage race that forced them from their homeland - and which has pursued them to the Aleran borders. With options fast running out, Tavi proposes an alliance with the Canim. But the Senate's new military commander wishes only to wipe out the Canim 'scourge', and would also kill Aleran slaves that have sought freedom with these aggressors.
Tavi must reconcile Aleran and Canim, slavemaster and slave, Citizen and Proletarian, if an alliance is to be forced. And he must lead his Legion in defiance of the law, against both friend and enemy - before the greatest army of all launches its assault.
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By Robyn on 15-04-17
it's all coming together...
These are not separate stand alone stories, rather it's one, long, continuing tale - feels a little like Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time in that regard. Fortunately, not much time is wasted rehashing what has gone before in order to bring a new listener up to speed (this is a series you don't want to start midway through), which makes it a pleasure to listen to book by book in quick succession.
I had a moment of concern near the beginning of this instalment that we might be venturing into "padding it out" territory - fortunately that feeling was short-lived, and it picks back up to it's normal furious pace.
We finally reach the "big reveal" (even if the previous clues had long since given it away) but there are a few new threads of interest introduced (I think - not sure where it all might lead though) . Yes, it's following a typical formula of "hero finds himself in a bit of pickle, but still manages to save the day"; and although the outcome is predictable, the way he gets there is not...........keeps it entertaining, and the pace means you can't nod off else you'll miss something.
Perfect entertainment for those long commutes - and for once I'm not overly bothered when those trains are delayed yet again and I get a little longer to escape to another world where good eventually overcomes bad.
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