What a wonderful end to a brilliant series. Although this book was probably the weakest of the series as it was slow-moving during the middle, the ending remains strong. What really stands out to me is the way the author has a way of weaving the depth of humanity and its struggles into her fantasy, making it such an emotional ride. Her words are beautiful and poetic, and the characters are real. Lumetere and Charyn have become places that I feel I've seen in person and have been to before….that's how real her storytelling is. I will miss Isaboe, Finnikin, Froi, Quintana, Phaedra, Lucien, Gargarin, Arjuro, Lirah,… the list is long and there are no wasted characters in this book. I have much respect for the author, Melina Marchetta…bravo!