In my previous reviews for the preceding two books in this trilogy, I commented that they could read as standalone novels. This last installment to the trilogy is no exception, and in fact this story strays the most. Yet at the book’s end, the overall story arc does come full circle and in a way that is completely satisfying.
Unlike in Gifts and Voices, where our original narrator Orrec Caspro is still very much a major player, Powers
is solely Gavir’s story…a personal reflection written for his wife detailing the trials and tribulations faced as a youth during his personal quest to find home. Out of the three books, this is arguably the hardest to read due to the subject matter and the implications of all of the horrors that occur to Gavir, his sister Sallo, Melle and all of the other friends Gavir meets along his journey. (N.B. And even though he is no longer a major player, Orrec is still present through his work and poetry.)
This is also a story about different societies—various social ideologies, relationships and hierarchical structures across all the extremes—from the typical master-slave to the “ideal” utopian society. It’s also about disillusionment and betrayal of trust, learning how to read people and your current situation…discerning right from wrong.
The ending is both bittersweet and optimistic, a beautiful way to end the series. I love the juxtaposed image at the beginning of this book and the end through Gavir’s vision… “a shining like the trembling of sunlight all around her head.” It gives the concept of “home” another layer of meaning. ;)