I have been waiting to read this book for some time now after reading the previous two books. I am reluctant to pay for hardback additions and prefer to wait for the cheaper paperbacks to come out. This was worth the wait. The story continues with pace and excitement building all the time to its finale. Its imperative to the reader to have read the first two books so that they know and understand the diversity of characters, although they are all listed in the back of the book. I dont want to give away too much of the storyline here, suffice to say that its worth taking the time to read if you like novels based on history that take poetic licence [this is explained by the author] with parts of the more detailed facts to make the book more readable. Great trilogy, one which I shall be reading again in the not too distant future.