This was definitely a worthy ending to the Beka Cooper series! I admit at first I felt like I was just slowly going through it because the Beka Cooper series does seem a bit wordy at times. As I progressed through the book the mystery and action picked up and I was thoroughly intrigued. Beka Cooper is an interesting character, extremely strong and serious but at the same time shy with some inner humor. I enjoyed seeing Beka unravel the mystery of the heir's kidnapping. This novel has so much adventure and misfortune that you just can't help but continue reading to see what happens next. I actually felt like I was right there with them as I immersed myself in this novel. This novel can stand by itself but I'd still recommend reading the first two books to familiarize yourself with the characters. For anyone who loves a good fantasy and adventure book then this book is for you.