The good news is that this is another good book in Freeman’s Borderlands series. Even better, we see more of Suiden this time.

The bad news is that it’s the last. This is especially bad because there are unresolved threads. Like the first two, this is a complete story, and you don’t need to read the others for this to make sense, it is a standalone with beginning, middle, and end. But like the second book revealed there’s a bigger group targeting Rabbit, this time the bad guys manage to kidnap a secondary character, and get him away before everything else gets resolved. So obviously, there should be a fourth book, which will hopefully deal with that, even if, like this one, we don’t move any closer to the bigger threat.

But it’s been nine years at this point, with no sign, no word on the author’s website for over eight years now…. I’m going to try not to torture myself too hard by hoping that book four will appear at some point.

As far as the actual contents of the book, we have yet another change of scenery, and associated set of new characters. And more of everyone immediately around Rabbit being a bit disagreeable; but with better reason this time. Again, part of the book might get short-circuited if a few things would be talked about early, and I think it’s a case of Rabbit giving events more lucidly than they’d be perceived as their happening again. And, while it’s obvious that something is happening, what exactly isn’t at all obvious, and things are confused by the fact that Rabbit has arrived in a place with at least three cross-currents operating.

In fact, overall, the situation is more complex than in the previous books, and is handled better. This still isn’t quite up to the level of the first book, which handled civil war and personal pain with equal with and aplomb, but its really close.