The Unholy Consult

The Unholy Consult

The Aspect-emperor, Book Four

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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As the grand crusade of the Great Ordeal devolves into cannibalism and chaos, Exalt-General Proyas attempts to gain control of the lost Men--but it rapidly becomes clear that the lost Lord-and-Prophet hasn't given up. When Sorweel, Believer-King of Sakarpus, and Serwa, daughter of the Aspect-Emperor, join the Great Ordeal, they discover the Shortest path is not always the most obvious, or the safest. Souls, morality, and relationships are called into question when no one can be trusted, and the price for their sins is greater than they imagined. -- from dust jacket.
Publisher: New York, NY : Overlook Press, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781468314861
1468314866
Branch Call Number: S BAKKER, R.
Characteristics: 620 pages : maps ; 24 cm.

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isaachar
Aug 06, 2017

The final chapter of the Aspect Emperor series. The ending was...interesting? Without spoiling it, its a pretty big shocker. The hints to how the story ends have definitely been present since the first book, but the ending still manages to shock you. The author is supposedly writing a new duology or trilogy. It'll be interesting to see where they take the story after this ending.

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While I understand that it had to end this way, the final chapter of the book will make you ask whether any of it mattered. The plotlines are wrapped up, and we know there is an 'after', since the book seems to be narrated from the perspective of those who 'survive' afterwards. But the entire path of the rise of the Aspect Emperor almost seemed moot. The ending would have happened regardless of whether the Great Ordeal was ever formed. Reflecting on the entire series, the revelations made in this book will make you wonder whether the end goal of the Consult was right all along. If all sentient life on Earwa exists just to be 'damned' and tormented/consumed by the 'gods'after death, then ending that cycle is a rational goal. I really liked the overall dilemma this story presents. The guessing as to who has the more righteous cause: The Great Ordeal that wants to save a world that exists so its residents can be damned at death, or the Consult that wants to end the world so its survivors can be free. These types of moral quandries are what make this series great.

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