Following on (of course) from The Fractal Prince, we find Jean le Flambeur and Mieli off in separate directions and a whole load of trouble brewing. Jean feels he owes it to Mieli to find her and rescue her, and in his machinations manages (big surprise) to make even more trouble and mess everything up.
Not going to spoiler at all, but this book throws more at Jean and Mieli than anything the other two books have. Especially Jean, he finds out some truly unpleasant things about his role in the catastrophies that have brought the universe to where it currently is, embroiled in war and on the brink of destruction.
There’s so much tension in this book. Every time you think they might be on the verge of getting something right, it either doesn’t work or someone else’s machinations nix their plans. I love how everything from all three books comes together so well despite all the disparate threads and thwarted plans. Very neatly done indeed.
I also loved the denouement of this book, which brings the characters full circle in very interesting ways – sort of playing on the destinies they were heading toward but giving them absolute automony in the enacting of said destinies. What a marvellous end to a wonderful trilogy. I cannot recommend these books highly enough!
You can buy The Causal Angel in the UK here
And in the US here