The third and final novel in author Duncan
Lays Empire of Bones series begins exactly where the second
book left off - with "elfaran" Sendatsu training and fighting alongside the
Velsh army preparing the humans to go to war against the elves. Rhiannon is now an
accomplished and powerful magic weaver, seeking further gifted humans to train and defend
against the elven mages, while sorting out her feelings for the smitten Hew. In the elven
city of Dokuzen the magic weavers are led and tricked by the increasingly evil Sumiko
whose plans include threatening the life of pregnant Amasi.
The unbelievably fast time in which the Velsh are able to recruit and
train an army of soldiers and magic weavers was a problem within this story. As far as I
could tell the story did not skip forward at any point to account for this and the
parallel storyline in Dokuzen in fact seemed if anything more drawn out Amasi did
not noticeably advance in her pregnancy, yet this was announced in the second book of the
The books better moments took place in the interactions between
characters from the three nations - the differences in culture and the changing of
viewpoints between humans who had always been considered as the less powerful race and
elves (now called the elfaran) who have recently discovered they are human too. The
shift in this belief and the development of characters within the army made what was a
very war centric plot much more readable.
Unfortunately, there were no surprises or interesting twists in this
concluding volume. The characters got what they deserved (except for one who was disposed
of to allow better loved characters their happy ending). For those who have read the first
two volumes of the Empire of Bones; Wall of Spears
will deliver exactly the ending you expect.