By Honor Betray'd (Mageworlds Series #3)by Debra Doyle, James D. Macdonald, James D. MacDonald
Galcen has fallen. The Space Force is broken and scattered. the planets of the former Republic are rushing to make peace with the victorious Mages.
All that remains is mopping up. Minor details. A privateer or two, a few Adepts who remain alive and on the run, and the hereditary ruler of a lifeless planet.
Beka Rosselin-Metadi, the last Domina of Lost
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This book contains the most unexpected plot twist and change that will leave any fan of the Mageworlds books breathless or in tears. 'When loyalty and treason wear the same face- your greatest enemy may be your only friend.'
The third book of the original Mageworlds trilogy, BY HONOR BETRAY'D (By Honor Betray'D (Mageworlds, Book 3)) is the fantastic conclusion to a fantastic series. When STARPILOT'S GRAVE ended, the Mageworlds' fleet had won; their surprise attack had taken down interstellar communications, they'd broken the Adepts Guild and the Republic's capitol world had fallen. The Resurgence and their Magelords had done almost everything they'd set out to do. Except break the Rosselin-Metadi family. Beka, Ari and Own are still at large and causing trouble, to say nothing of their father, Jos Metadi, who had beaten the Mages once already. Metadi's protege, Jervas Gil still has a few ships and Llannat Hyfid, the Adept who just might be a Mage has her own Magebuilt Deathwing - and maybe the Professor's mission (whatever it was.) This book finishes the tale started in THE PRICE OF THE STARS, revealing more and more of the complex web of conflicting loyalties, conflicting cultures and conflicting beliefs. I've said it for the other two books - this is what space opera was meant to be. Doyle and MacDonald finish this trilogy in a spectacular way - the big reveal and the finale are absolutely amazing. The 'big reveal' and the final answers and resolution to the death of Perada Rosselin and everything her assassination set into motion are unpredictable and well worth the wait. This series defined a genre for me and I know it will for you, too.
I still can't get the bad taste out of my mouth from this stinker. I'm completely dumbfounded how a book this poorly written could have ever gotten published. The other shortcomings of this book are trivial in comparison. Among the most distracting features of the book is the extremely juvenile dialogue. It is understandable that the author would attempt to write for a younger audience but it comes across as Dumb (intellectually) and Dumber (emotionally).