Unlike many prolific authors, Mercedes Lackey is consistently wonderful. I have over 50 of her books on my Kindle and the Valdemar Series is one of my all-time favorites. This most recent offering doesn't miss a beat -- before reading it I went back and re-read the first two books on this arc and that made reading this one even more fun. I just wish it was 5,000 pages long. Great and relatable characters that I wanted to know, fascinating story line, and a thrilling ending.