The Pinnacle of Empire

Neuyokkasinian Arc of Empire Book 6

Fiction - Fantasy - Epic
432 Pages
Reviewed on 07/30/2015
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Reviewed by Eduardo Aduna for Readers' Favorite

The Pinnacle of Empire (Neuyokkasinian Arc of Empire Book 6) follows Saxthor as he faces his biggest challenge ever: holding his empire together amidst both internal and external forces seeking to bring it to ruin. With allies new and old, Saxthor must make hard decisions and strive to leave a legacy worth emulating all for the future of his people.

C. Craig Coleman's latest and last offering in the Arc of Empire Saga is a beautiful, bittersweet work that can sneak up on you and grip you when you least expect it. All of Saxthor's tribulations, all the adventures he experienced and the challenges he faced pale in comparison to the task in front of him. No matter how hard it is to form an empire, it is infinitely harder to keep it together. Sure, there are still magical creatures and artifacts, wizards and spells, and monsters to be slain interspersed throughout, but this book was more Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire than Harry Potter. And I wouldn't have it any other way.

Fast-paced and devastatingly surprising, Book 6 of the Neuyokkasinian Arc of Empire series showcases just how far C. Craig Coleman has come as a fantasy writer. This is a fantasy work that mirrors real life on so many levels, weaving complex emotions with base human intentions to create scenes that made my chest ache with dread and anticipation. The Pinnacle of Empire was intense enough to make me stand up a few times to take a breather, yet sneakingly philosophical as it brings to a close the Neuyokkasinian Arc of Empire series so that I still found myself thinking wistfully about Saxthor, his friends and enemies, and the ups and downs of his fictional life hours after reading the final chapter. I'm still reeling. Great writers take risks. Good job.