Rated 4.00/5 based on 4 reviews
By now David Birkenhead has all but defeated the Boyen Emperor. His fleet has been shattered and with it his dreams of conquest. Yet the Emperor fights desperately on, and the price of invading Imperious Prime remains too terrible to contemplate. Is there another, less-bloody way of ending the war besides invasion?

And if so, what will be the cost to David personally? More

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Review by: Werel Wolf on Dec. 31, 2013 :
I'm a big fan of zero-to-hero type stories, and moreso a fan of Phil's work from many years ago. I believe this is a beautiful end for a long wonderful journey, with a few tears still in my eyes after finishing the book only a minute ago.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Felix Pleșoianu on Dec. 07, 2013 :
It's the grand finale of the David Birkenhead series. And perhaps I shouldn't have been surprised that after the hellish nightmare of Midshipman, the deep terror of Lieutenant and the infinite sadness of Commodore, we are at long last treated to a feel-good story, in which our hero receives the reward he most desires from life...

...and also the greatest burden imaginable. Which is, of course, the thematically correct ending to this amazing saga. yet also filled me with melancholy. Because life isn't fair, and never will be, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't dream.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Paraplegic Racehorse on Aug. 01, 2013 :
I should have reviewed this while the story was still fresh in my mind and I'm doing other potential a purchasers a disservice in that. My memory (several months after reading with many books read since) is not enough for an adequate review. I vaguely remember being disappointed primarily by the resolution, an emotional let-down. Two stars is what I marked it with in my e-reader database.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: MisGuided One on Jan. 29, 2013 :
In the vein of his previous books I think it was a fitting conclusion albeit a rather short one, which has been my main gripe about PG's books. Hopefully it may be continued on with David's reign or his successors in some fashion. Cheers for sharing a great yarn.
(reviewed long after purchase)

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