Against all odds, Owen Kiskaddon grew from frightened boy to confident youth to trusted officer in the court of Kingfountain - and watched its regent, Severn Argentine, grow ever more ruthless and power-mad. Robbed of his beloved protector, his noble mentor, and his true love, Owen has anticipated the day when the king he fears and reviles, yet loyally serves, will be toppled. Now, as Severn plots a campaign of conquest, the time has come to take action...and Owen's destiny demands that he lead the strike.
Ordered to incite war with a neighboring kingdom, Owen discovers its beautiful, reclusive ruler, whose powerful magic might even exceed his own. Together they mount a daring plot to overthrow the corrupt monarch, crown the rightful heir, and defeat the prophesied curse threatening Kingfountain with wintry death. But Severn's evil is as bottomless as the fabled Deep Fathoms. To keep his ill-gotten throne, he'll gladly spill the blood of enemies and innocents alike.
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enjoyed it but recommend reading legends muirwood
Wraps up the trilogy nicely
Satisfying ending to the Kingfountain trilogy which is set 7 years after the second book. Owen is now 24, still serving the increasingly corrupt King Severn, and still broken-hearted from the events in book 2. As Severn grows increasingly more cruel and unstable, Owen is forced to choose between his lifelong loyalty and the rightful king - now a seven year old boy who doesn't know anything about his heritage or even who his parents are.
Owen struggles throughout the book with his various moral choices and ultimately tries to make the choices that will save the kingdom from destruction by the magic of Kingfountain. Lots of plot twists and good characters. Overall I think this book is a bit weaker than the last one though, as there were several loose ends never tied up and also a couple of places where Wheeler is so heavy handed in foreshadowing to the point that it's blatantly obvious what's about to happen. Still, a satisfying ending to a very rich and character-full trilogy; would definitely read (or listen to) other books by the same author.