This outstanding novella trilogy by Claire North ends with a current age story of a man challenging the Gameshouse Master to a game of chess. This challenge has happened less than a handful of times in history and the winner gets to run the Gameshouse. This is an epic game of chess on a grand scale where the two players use countries, armies, corporations, and any tactic available to them, to try to “checkmate” their opponent.
This story has been building on the outside during the stories of The Serpent and The Thief and now Silver, the man that helped our protagonists in the first two novellas, is going after The Gameshouse Master. This is a much more top-down view of the story than the previous novellas because of the scale but we still get some great moments of character out of Silver too. This is probably the weakest of the three novellas but it was still fantastic. I didn’t especially enjoy knowing that Silver and the Gameshouse Master’s game was destroying the world. This definitely upped the scale, but it kind of took me out of the story too. I did like the theme that was revealed about why Silver was doing what he was doing.
I highly recommend this novella series. I had a blast reading it and I think it can appeal to many different kinds of readers.
Plot – 4(Strong)
Characters – 3(Good)
World Building/Setting – 3(Good)
Writing Style – 3(Good)
Heart & Mind Aspect – 3(Good)