is the fourth and final volume in David Hairs Moontide quartet and is an
excellent end to the adventures that the quartet encompasses. However, at nearly 800 pages
this is not a quick once over lightly goodbye to characters that we have come to know and
Like the other books in the series the different viewpoint characters get
chapters to advance their stories. But now the stories become more closely entwined as the
key players get physically closer together in Antiopa/Ahmedassa as the moontide starts to
wane and the need to return across the bridge develops a certain urgency (the alternative
is being trapped on the wrong side of the bridge).
As for the principal players: Alaron and Ramita are searching for
Andervarion Malevorn who bargained for the Scytale of Corineus using Ramitas twin
sons as coin and kept one of them. Andervarion is trying to raise an army of
soul-drinkers to ascendant status with the scytale. Ramon is still trying to salvage the
remnant army from south Ahmedassa while simultaneously avoiding the Sultans army.
And Elena and Gurvon Gyle are continuing to wage their very personal war of attrition and
The wonderful thing about this volume was that the author didnt
simply wind the story up with pat solutions to seemingly intractable problems. Each
character had to go through his or her own ordeal, often at high personal cost as the
situations became more desperate for the contestants. The ending was not a resolution
where justice prevailed and the duplicitous ruined as their schemes unravelled. There were
losses along the way and enough loose ends and unresolved situations left that if the
author wished a further visit to this universe be unveiled at some point. Ascendants
Rite is a worthy conclusion to a remarkable series.