"Fabulous climax to a terrific fantasy trilogy"
Ailia Shipwright has been recognized as the human savior
Princess of the Stars Tryna Lia, expected to defeat the
malevolent God Valdur though her enemy contains similar
power coupled with much more experience and no morals.
Over the years Ailia has learned to use her vast deity-
like abilities (see THE STONE OF THE STARS and THE EMPIRE
OF THE STARS) and her allies have helped her prepare for
the final confrontation coming very soon.
Meanwhile one of her deadliest foes the Avatar of Valdur
Prince Morlan remains almost exclusively in his dragon
body as Mandrake prepares himself to become the host of
Valdur. While their respective allies war all over heaven,
earth, hell and every other place in between, the final
battle remains between Ailia and Mandrake fortified by
Valdur on the evil God's home territory. The chances of
the Princess triumphing seem remote at best.
This is a fabulous climax to a terrific fantasy trilogy as
readers who have followed Ailia will appreciate the strong
final confrontation with the Baird universe at stake. The
story line is fast-paced and action-packed while loaded
with all forms of mythological creatures especially
shapeshifting dragons. Still the saga belongs to the
heroine whose coming of age might mean her death and that
of everyone she cares about. The pressure of being
destiny's darling still remains from the previous novels,
but the Princess steps to the plate to fight mano vs.
womano with everything at stake. It is better to read the
previous books first knowing that THE ARCHONS OF THE STARS
is a five star triumph.
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted August 21, 2005
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 25, 2007
In the thrilling tradition of Mercedes Lackey and Marion Zimmer Bradley, Alison Baird concludes her exciting saga begun in The Stone of the Stars and The Empire of the Stars. Revealing the startling secrets of the Dragon Throne, this is a galaxy-spanning epic of adventure and destiny…
THE FINAL WAR
Sacred texts have long prophesied this day: when cities crumble, when skies tremble, and when the Tryna Lia, the chosen one, must face the full might of the evil god Valdur. Ailia Shipwright, the proclaimed Tryna Lia, commands vast powers: she can shapeshift, control the weather, lead dragon armies, and walk among the stars. Yet her nemesis Mandrake, the avatar of Valdur, can do all that-and more. Now as war rages across worlds, Ailia and Mandrake must meet in Valdur's twilight-enshrouded castle…where the fate of all creation will be decided.