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on 7 December 2011
During the last three books, Rik and his allies have faced down undead juggernauts, ancient spider demons, malevolent squidpeople and sorcerous assassins, so the reader would be forgiven in wondering if King had any more challenges to throw at them. Worry not, because in this installment the protagonists have to deal with nothing less than a magical apocalypse.

The war that has been building between the Taloreans and the Sardeans throughout the previous books finally erupts, and due to the conflict being hijacked by followers of the Shadow, plague and a seemingly unstoppable army of the undead ravage the land.

Sardec and the other Foragers are caught up in the struggle, and soon find themseves making one last desperate run for freedom, low on supplies and with refugees in tow. King really sells the desperation of these sequences well, and even though their situation seems hopeless, you will be rooting for them to make it.

We also gain a new POV character in Tamara, Rik's half-sister and Sardean assassin. Her dilemma when she uncovers the darkness at the heart of her own country is well depicted, and her perspective is a pleasing counterpoint to the Talorean characters. King does not excuse or avoid her past misdeeds, but as most of his characters are drawn with shades of grey, her voice is not as jarring as it could be.

It still remains largely Rik's story, as he completes his journey from simple soldier to powerful shadow-walker. His struggles with the voices in his head are equally as important as the last grand mission he must embark on: a stab at the very nexus of the enemy in an attempt to save the world itself.

It would appear from the ending that this sequence, at least, of the Terrarch Chronicles is over. This is a brilliant finale to what has been an excellent series, and I for one hope that King will be returning to this fascinating world very soon.
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on 19 February 2013
Mr King really worked hard on this book. Brilliant story which kept me stuck to my kindle for quite a while. Cannot wait to read more about Rik Barbarian Weasel and Sardec I can only hope that his next one will be even better.
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on 31 January 2012
Another good book from William King. Once I got into the characters I found I had to keep reading just a little bit more each time. This is the kind of book that is un-put down able. A good change from the norm.
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on 7 April 2012
Read them all in a matter of days and as other reviewers have said, they are un-put-downable!

After finishing them all, I would put this author up there with the best - they're that good and now off to download anything and everything he's written!

Just hope there is more to come from Rik n his Pal's. The World building has epic scope and tonnes of mileage - We've not even met the 'Princes of Shadow' or the 'Shadow God' yet, so come on Bill..... Please!
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on 26 September 2013
Basically this series is like Glenn Cook's The Black Company only with more of Lovecraftian feel and a bit more adventurey. Good fun and easier to read than Black Company. Bought and read them all.
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on 17 April 2013
a well written book,

once started had to finish

you felt you were there in the action

characters you could identify with
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on 23 June 2014
Thoroughly enjoyed reading this. Fresh ideas and action throuout.
Follow up now required showing Ric developing his new found skills.
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on 15 February 2013
Great book. Read the first three first. I need thirteen more words. TroLlololololpl lol. This book has a riveting and addictive storyline
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on 10 May 2014
As always couldn't put the book down. The back stories and in depth knowledge given to you is wonderful. Only bad thing is it's finished.
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on 27 August 2013
Ended up reading all four in the series in just two days they were that good. Made a very dull weekend much more enjoyable
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