The Battle concludes The Adventures of Jecosan Tarres trilogy. Unlike the first two books, it can be read as a stand-alone novel: it begins with several key characters meeting in chapter 1 and piecing together their parts of the story, thus reviewing what had taken place in the first two books. Things do not look very well for Jecosan, the protagonist, and his companions. The boy's mission to stop the war appears to have been failed. His protector Lord Farizel has endangered his own life trying to save Jecosan and is now on the run with him. There is a reward announced for their heads, and the king's soldiers are everywhere, searching for the runaways. However, hope is not lost - not if Telm, a spirit in a human form, is the one leading them.
This is the strongest and deepest book of the trilogy. The story expands yet stays focused, carefully balancing various plotlines and keeping the reader's interest throughout. Just when you think you know what is going to happen, it takes a new turn or offers an unexpected solution. Several characters rise to new heights, one of them is the nine-year-old Princess Arvelina. In book 2, she is a willful-but-cute, precocious girl; in book 3 she is given a chance to show her worth, and she does, playing a key part in unveiling a conspiracy. I loved that. Her brother King Alvard also throws in quite a surprise, which I will not spoil for you. As to Lord Farizel... he is simply the best.
I highly recommend this book and the whole trilogy.