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The Armies of Daylight concludes the saga begun in The Time of the Dark and continued in The Walls of Air. Ms. Hambly has successfully thrown all sorts of obstacles into the paths of the main cast, some expected and some nearly unimaginable. The schism between Queen Minalde and her brother, Chancellor Alwir I expected. The schism between crown and church as well. What I never expected was King Eldor actually following Rudy out of the Dark's labyrinthine tunnels and all the way back to the Keep of Renweth. That was an inspired gesture on Ms. Hambly's part. What better thorn in Rudy's life than a man with a prior claim on his lover? With predictable results, I might add.
It's amazing how Ms. Hambly has made the Dark Ones grow from becoming simply evil, ruthless, shape-changing wraiths into a force of life that is struggling to live, just as the humans in the Keep are doing. In the first book they are simply demons in the night who are harrying the pitiful remnants of humanity into the North. In the second they seem to have goals and objectives, including the near simultaneous uprisings in the great cities, like Quo and Gae. Now, they have needs that need fulfilling and a reason for their sudden reappearance after centuries of "dormancy". Ms. Hambly gives the Dark Ones "humanizing" aspects...if you can consider their cultivation of a herd race as something human. Still, it makes the Dark Ones more fearsome than simply mindless raveners, and that's what makes it all worthwhile.
This third book of The Darwath Trilogy brings everything that arose in the previous two books to a stunning, terrible conclusion that, though solving the problem of the Dark, doesn't really resolve it. Nor does it say whether humanity and the Darwath Realm will survive, even with the Dark gone. But, it's still a stellar offering from an outstanding author, and definitely a must-read, especially if you read the first two.
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