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Entry number three in the popular Hell's Gate series by 28-time New York Times best-selling author David Weber and Joelle Presby.

The war between magically gifted Arcana and psionically talented Sharona continues to rage. The dragon-borne Arcanan assault across five universes has been halted at Fort Salby by a desperate defense, but at atrocious cost. One of those costs was the life of Crown Prince Janaki, heir to the newly created Sharonian Empire, who went knowingly to his death in the tradition expected of the House of Calirath. And another price will be the sacrifice of his younger sister, Grand Imperial Princess Andrin, now heir of Sharona, for the accords creating the Sharonian Empire require the marriage of the heir to the Crown to wed a Uromathian prince.

Andrin bears her family's Talent, the Glimpses, which show flashes of events yet to come. She knows the accords must be secured...and, like her brother, she will pay any price, make any sacrifice for her duty to her people.

Sharona's soldiers dig in, facing the Arcanans in a tense standoff that cannot last long. Both sides continue rushing reinforcements toward the front, but how do armies fight wars when they can reach one another only through the portals that join the universes? And far, far behind the front, carried by dragons, a young Voice name Shaylar and her husband, Jathmar, hurtle deeper and deeper into Arcanan captivity, their only protection the fierce personal honor of the Andaran officer whose men massacred all of their companions in the horrendous misunderstanding that began the entire conflict.

Men and women of honor on both sides must grapple with the terrible costs and deadly secrets of the spreading cataclysm, and in the shadows, those who will balk at neither treason nor murder drive the conspiracies that pour fuel into the furnace. The stakes are high, and the pieces are in motion, but there are factors known not even to the conspirators, and not even a Calirath can Glimpse the final outcome.

©2016 Words of Weber & Joelle Presby (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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  • Bill
  • 12-08-2016

I am ok with most of the book. But the ending?

I am ok with most of the book, but I did not like the ending. If there is not another book coming (if there is Weber's website should say so), it leaves far too much up in the air.

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  • bernard
  • 13-07-2018

I want another book to close out the series

this series is wonderful. I always enjoy another book to wrap this out. right now I'm just hanging out wondering what is to become of the characters he brought to life.

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  • LAVON ERSERY
  • 10-07-2018

Poor ending to such a well thought out story...

Just as in the second book, there were several portions which could have been trimmed. Overall the story was good and rounded out the series. However there were far too many questions left unanswered. I hate to give the story three stars, but the incomplete ending leaves me no choice.

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  • Mark Slaughterback
  • 30-04-2018

Audible is idiotic

Loved it. Can't wait for more in series. Said what I wanted, why do I need to put up a large review ?

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  • Pickles
  • 11-11-2017

Don’t expect a conclusion

I like David Weber but he has this bad habit of writing books that expound so much it takes forever to get anywhere. The result is a series that lasts forever and waists too much time on logistics & the emotional state of a throwaway character who is introduced in way too much detail moments before his death. I feel like very little has happened between book 1-3 & it should have been shortened to just one novel. If he ever gets around to writing a full & complete story and finishing this series off in les then 300 novels with 40,000 pages each I will consider changing my review.

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  • Joel Andersen
  • 07-08-2020

excellent story.

keeps you guessing. my only complaint is simply that there isn't yet a next book.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-05-2020

I was afraid this would happen

Like the first two, this one gets bogged down in details and hung up on too many characters to keep track of, most of whom have only minor roles that you forget about right after, while the arcs you do want to know about get lost in the narrative and don't come back for chapters or even the next book. The worst part, however, is that the final book in the trilogy did not complete the story; at this time, it's been four years since The Road to Hell was copyrighted and there still isn't a book 4. Hopefully that changes soon, but in the meanwhile I don't recommend starting a story that you'll never get the ending to.

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  • Medron Pryde
  • 12-11-2019

wonderful story, horrible execution by audible

the story is great. the conversion to audible was done horribly. you cannot listen to the one file as it starts towards the end of the book. you have to change audible settings to separate it into smaller files, and then start listening to part one. audible has known about the issue for months and not fixed it.

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  • Dave Sosko
  • 01-06-2019

Story needs to be finished!

I have read the books twice and now the audible version. My biggest question is where the heck is fourth book already????? It’s been waaay tooo long, and it can’t end with such blatant cliffhangers!!!

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  • MPK
  • 12-04-2019

Audible should do a better job!

I thought that after reading the other reviews about chapters being out of sequence that audible would have corrected the problem by now. They have not. The first two books in this series were excellent, but the final book was incomprehensible due to audible's lack of attention. I would not buy this book until Audible announces that the chapter sequence problem has been resolved.

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  • Stephen
  • 02-12-2018

oops he did it again !

i promised myself to never start a another series by David Webber, he never finishes them !!! It is so very frustrating, the story is good the plot lines are great be he clearly gets bored and just dumps the series and goes on to something else leaving the listener hanging !!!

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