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05:04 pm: Lost Burgundy, The Book of Ash, #4 by Mary Gentle
This is the fourth and final book (in the US, they were published as a single tome in the UK) of this series. Here are my comments on Book 1, Book 2, and Book 3.

We left Ash under siege in Dijon with people starving as well as dying from attacks by the Carthaginians. In this book, her sister Faris surrenders to them, but the King-Caliph from Carthage comes to fight with more warriors and some of the leaders Faris has conquered. Ash needs to find a way to keep the Duchess of Burgundy safe, but it doesn't look like she can. If she can't, the Wild Machines will destroy the world. What can she do?

This gives a satisfying ending to the series, and the interleaved pieces plus an afterword from the author-character give a firm SF base to the entire set. I really liked this series and highly recommend it.

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From:soon_lee
Date:July 13th, 2009 03:16 am (UTC)
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I read it as a single volume. I too highly recommend it.
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From:redbird
Date:July 15th, 2009 02:23 am (UTC)
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Likewise, though there was the odd moment when I realize that I knew less than nothing about medieval Burgundy, because my ignorance was overlaid by this book, which I knew I couldn't trust.
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