This is the third book in the Deepgate Codex series. King Menoa has succeeded in releasing his arconites into the world, sacrificing all before them to attain his goal. Now Hasp, Rachel, Mina, Dill and their apparent allies must work with Cospinol to stop Menoa. While Cospinol seeks to attack Menoa in Hell itself, Rachel must find another way to stop the arconites before the end of the world is visited upon them all, or worse. Can Carnival stop herself being destroyed? And where are the other gods - can Iril's other children do anything to stop the coming apocalypse?
I find the author's style of writing breathtaking - the writing is such that it conveys the words visually to the reader; things that seem to be incapable of being explained by words, such as Hell, the Maze, the Failed, the Arconites - all seem to be portrayed totally visually by the language in the book. This, to me, is a stunning achievement in itself for any author - that a story so beyond the realms of the reader's own imagination can be conveyed to the reader so clearly by the author. You can `see' this book unfold through the writing itself. Great stuff.
My only quibble with this book was the ending; too many loose ends that never seemed to be resolved. I would have liked to have more conclusions, not only of the action, but also of the scenarios and the people. I had always imagined that Mr Nettles from the first book would be back, and where did Mr D go? Vaguely disappointing; but maybe there are plans for more books to come?