Welcome back to a City in the grip of progress. Driven by the vision of the Duchess Tremontaine. Enriched by the commercial success of the Kinwiinik led by Ixkaab Balam. Enlightened by the intellectual patronage of Far-Reza. Made – day by day, page by page – more equal by the open door policy of Rafe Fenton’s City Academy. Rain-soaked and miserable after a wet season. What new challenges lie ahead in this final season of my beloved serial?

It’s a delightful return to Riverside, as Kaab moves in with Tess to investigate thefts from the Balam warehouses, and Micah makes a trip to the Brown Dog to upset the locals by winning at cards. Up on the Hill, we are treated to a virtuoso display of swordsmanship as Vincent takes on De Maris at a birthday party and catches the eyes of the Duchess and the Ambassador…