The third and final book in the series
Publication year: 2014
Format: print
Page count: 423
Translator: Antti Autio
Publisher of the Finnish translation: Gummerus

The whole trilogy has lots of cool concepts and science which might exist at some point and the last book is no exception. Theoretically, it should be easier to read because most of the concepts have been introduced in the previous books. But it’s not, at least for me. This time we get to see lot more of the zoku society. They’re like live action roleplayers with high tech that brings everything really alive.

Sobornost (the bad guys) are fighting a civil war and the surviving characters are caught in the middle. The master thief Jean de Flambeur finds out just what he used to be like… and intends to steal a ring from Saturn.

Like before, I think that the setting is the major attraction with technology which behaves essentially like magic, and are named after magical entities such as djinn or dragons. For me at least, this actually made it harder to think of them as tech.

The book has lots of references to various comic book and fantasy and SF characters (even a Finnish one is seen once). Jules Verne is a clear inspiration, after all the most significant zoku society in the book is the Gun Club and its leader is Barbicane (from “From Earth to the Moon” and “Around the Moon”). I enjoyed them.

However, I felt that the characters and plot were buried under cool concepts and setting. I highly recommend reading “The Quantum Thief” and “the Fractal Prince” first and preferably back to back so that you don’t have the chance to forget the names and concepts.

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