Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is the final book in an exciting, action-packed YA Fantasy series and does not disappoint. Jon-Landon has ascended to the throne and wears the hollow crown. His reign is as bad as Ransom thought it would be. The new King is petty and cruel and makes his hatred of Ransom clear to all. In fact, he goes out of his way to humiliate Ransom in an effort to get him to do something for which he can be deemed a traitor and thereby killed.

Despite wanting to lash out, Ransom takes everything the King dishes out, doing his duty and obeying the will of the Fountain, including sending his twin boys to Kingsfountain as hostages. Luckily the boys see it as an adventure and have a lot of fun exploring the castle and vying for the attention of the Princess. The Espion spy Claire watches over the two, easing some of the fear Ransom and Claire have for their safety.

Ransom and Claire are apart for most of the book, as Ransom races from one end of the kingdom to another fighting back enemies attacking the kingdom. His ultimate duty, to see that Jon-Landon’s son ascends to the throne, is his sole goal. Will Ransom be able to save the Prince from his father’s many enemies?

This is another great series set in the world of Kingsfountain. There are plenty of characters to love and hate. The main characters, and even some of the minor ones, are well formed and have full and complete story arcs. This author does a great job of tying up storylines and does not often leave loose ends hanging – unless it’s on purpose. Despite this author being quite prolific, his books continue to be creative and enjoyable to read. I know I will never be disappointed when picking up his books.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and 47North. All opinions are my own.