Bright Ruin by Vic James
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is rounded up from 4.5 stars because it really will make no sense to anyone who hasn't read the first two books (Gilded Cage and Tarnished City) but if you have read them, this is a great ending to the trilogy.
The political aspects of life between the Equals/Skilled houses (who rules? who succeeds whom? what makes you eligible to he Heir) all come to a head in this book. The revolt by the unskilled against them ramps up, still led by several Equals. And then there's the soap opera stuff about the Hadley family: will they ever be together again? will Luke find Abi? Best of all, we get Silyen's side and learn more about this enigmatic, "most powerful" Equal in perhaps ever.
I won't spoil things, so let me just say that until the last few chapters I didn't know whether James could actually tie all the ends up together and then she did. Reading other comments it's clear that some feel that the ending wasn't satisfying but for me, it very much was.
ARC provided by publisher.