4.5 *s but I'm rounding up because I really enjoyed the whole series. I have to say that the ending of this one fell a little flat for me. Maybe my expectations were just too high but there were so many great moments throughout the book (and the series) and the final battle between Tavi & the vord queen didn't quite match some of them. Still it was an excellent end to a series that I thoroughly enjoyed. My only issue is that I'm current out of Butcher to read!