WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW
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The last of Lackey's trilogy about gay Harold Mage Vanyel, this book is both sad and bittersweet. It is also very violent and so (rightfully) disturbing. I had to skip some of the scarier parts. The end is heartbreaking but I don't think it fits the "Well of Lonliness" trap of gay romance novel endings as Vanyel has sacrificed himself not simply so his true love can become straight but to protect his entire kingdom (making Vanyel quite the hero) and there is the promise that the two men will be together in the afterlife.