Endgame by Ann Aguirre
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Endgame is the final book in the Sirantha Jax series, according to Aguirre, and it definitely shows. Everything gets wrapped up very satisfactorily. Nothing new is introduced. Jax’s relationships with March and Vel are both expanded in a delightful manner, and I love the way that works out. She also gets to develop a not-quite-motherly relationship with Sasha, March’s adopted son.
The entire volume takes place on Laheng, the home of the Lahengrin. We’ve only met the race through Loras so far in the series, but their story is touching. This is Loras’ story as much as anything, the story of the fight to free the Lahengrin from the Nicuans and from the need to be owned (or “protected” as it is called). The action is brutal — Aguirre doesn’t hide the realities of war. She doesn’t dwell on it in an obscene manner, though, so the book is readable.
Reading the ending of a wonderful series is also bittersweet, but at least Aguirre has stated that she’ll revisit this universe.