This series is absolutely fantastic, and I've been waiting for three months for the fourth book to be published. This third installment, however, isn't quite as good as the first two. Mostly because there is less chemistry between the lead characters in this one. Rain, previously responding to any perceived threat to his Truemate with deadly skill, seems much more relaxed about their relationship in this story, and Ellysetta has come to terms with her own magic and is extending her abilities from chapter to chapter. The threat to them and their relationship seems much less in this novel than it did when the King of Celeria was judging over Ellysetta's future.
Having said that, this novel is still brilliant. Rain brings Ellysetta to the Fading Lands, where both of them receive a less than overwhelming reception. Rain, whilst the true "King" of the Fey, has been in the grip of madness for a thousand years, and the Fey council have been managing quite well in his absence. The King's return with his unusual Truemate is not the welcome news which the previous novels had led us to believe. Ellysetta's powerful magic allows her to heal the "rasa" - the Fey whose guilt over the lives they have taken in war lies so heavily on them that they are only one step away from becoming "dahl-reisen" - outcasts. As the healed "rasa" blood-swear their lives to her protection, Ellysetta gains a small army of Fey willing to follow her into anything.
Even the forbidden magic of Azrahn, and becoming "dahl-reisen" herself.