Putnam. (The ­Aurelian Cycle: Bk. 3). Aug. 2022. 496p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780525518273.
Gr 8 Up–With inspiration from classical Greek epics, Munda has crafted an exquisite fantasy world with high stakes, strong characters, hard questions—and, of course, dragons. Griff is facing execution, Lee is forced into diplomacy, and Annie has the fate of Callipolis on her shoulders. Socioeconomics play a key role in the character conflict, and this novel takes the aerial battles, political machinations, and a back burner romance of the second book and brings them to a roaring finish. Munda’s emphasis on the characters means that every choice they make has consequences—some expected, some devastating.
VERDICT A highly underrated YA fantasy trilogy worth having on library shelves. Readers will devour this finale.

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