Against his wishes and desires, Akabe of Siphra has been chosen by his people to be King. But what does a warrior know of ruling during peacetime? Guided by the Infinite, Akabe seeks to rebuild the Temple in the city of Munra to give the sacred books of Parne a home. But dangerous factions are forming in the background. To gain the land he needs, Akabe must forsake the yearnings of his heart and instead align himself through marriage to the Thaenfall family.
Meanwhile, Kien Lantec and Ela Roeh are drawn still closer together…while becoming pawns in a quest to gain power over the region. As questions of love and faith become tangled with lies and murderous plots, each must seek the Infinite to guide them through an ever more tangled web of intrigue and danger.
Reading this book was bittersweet because it brought resolution, but it was also the last book in I think, a fabulous series. Ela is back and though she is completely obedient to the Infinite, you can see that she still has some trust issues going on. Kien, who is my absolute favorite character, still manages to shine in this novel despite some harsh things he goes through. This novel actually focuses less on Ela and Kien and more on Akabe. Akabe is really interesting, but I did miss Ela and Kien, and at times, I wished for the novel to slow down when they were together. Too often, time passed too quickly for them. That said, I enjoyed the political intrigue, the Infinite showing up and showing out, and watching people develop and change over the series. This series does a fantastic job of showing the importance of obedience to God and the benefits of following Him. So enjoyed it. Highly Recommend the series!
**I received this novel from Netgalley. My opinion was not affected in any way.**