- Page Count: 624
- Release Date: February 21, 2017
- My Rating: 5 stars
Witness the fate of beloved heroes – and enemies.
THE BALANCE OF POWER HAS FINALLY TIPPED…
The precarious equilibrium among four Londons has reached its breaking point. Once brimming with the red vivacity of magic, darkness casts a shadow over the Maresh Empire, leaving a space for another London to rise.
WHO WILL CRUMBLE?
Kell – once assumed to be the last surviving Antari – begins to waver under the pressure of competing loyalties. And in the wake of tragedy, can Arnes survive?
WHO WILL RISE?
Lila Bard, once a commonplace – but never common – thief, has survived and flourished through a series of magical trials. But now she must learn to control the magic, before it bleeds her dry. Meanwhile, the disgraced Captain Alucard Emery of the Night Spire collects his crew, attempting a race against time to acquire the impossible.
WHO WILL TAKE CONTROL?
And an ancient enemy returns to claim a crown while a fallen hero tries to save a world in decay.
I AM SO HAPPY RIGHT NOW. Oh my goodness I adore these characters and that ending was everything I wanted. The final books in trilogies are usually my least favorite because they can’t possibly live up to all of my expectations… but this was perfect.
“I’ve got a bad feeling,” he whispered…
“A piece of magic is parading as a god, a poisoned fog is destroying London, and three Antari are sparring aboard our ship. I’d be worried if you didn’t.”
The plot hit the ground running and the first 10% was SO intense. But then it kind of slowed down and I lost a bit of enthusiasm/interest until everyone got on a ship. I do love ships. They bring out everyone’s cocky pirate side.
So the story picked up a lot about halfway through and the entire last half was amazing! So many feels. I love ALL of these characters so much (but Lila will always be my favorite).
“My name is Lila Bard,” she answered, drawing her favorite knife, “and I don’t give a damn.”
The best parts were probably just seeing Kell, Lila, Rhy, and Alucard interact more. I liked the little things like how Lila’s the first person to treat Rhy like he doesn’t need saving. Actually, seeing Rhy grow so much might have been my favorite part of the story. And of course Rhy & Alucard are still the sweetest thing EVER.
There’s also a lot more backstory for Holland, which helped a ton!
I was pretty much split between the following feels in the second half:
Basically, this was an absolutely brilliant conclusion. Victoria Schwab is an incredible author. AND I REALLY HOPE THERE’S A SPINOFF. The end.