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 chose not to re-read the first two books in the series, and regretted it slightly as I didn’t remember them as well as I thought I did. I’m sure this is a series I will revisit though so my marathon reading of them the next time should be pretty good.
I love the relationship between Kell and Lila, it’s always been so fun to watch, but it’s finally solidified in this finale. They work so well together and even when they disagree they still care and support each other because they know their common goals are the same. Ultimately they just get each other and both want an escape on top of the need to protect those around them.
Rhy has grown up so much and I like seeing him act like the prince he is and stand up to Alucard, as well as those in his court. He takes on so much more responsibility in this finale and finally lets go of the angst and childness he used to cope with his responsibilities in the previous books. I loved this growth in him, and the continued devotion between he and Kell.
The Shadow king provides such a strong foe, and seeing how all the Antari have to work together brings alot of different pieces and personalities together. Kell is finally finding his place. He’s accepting his role as Rhys’s brother and starting to feel appreciated by the king and queen. And through Lila he’s gained a partner to help him deal with the questions he’s always had about his life. He’s also relaxed a lot and I like seeing him trust Lila and Rhy and other companions instead of trying to control everything. Holland’s back story makes him even more of a conflicting character. He’s done so many terrible things, and continues to bait Lila and Kell, but he’s also had a really hard go of it and could have turned out so much worse. Lila is a fierce as ever, but she’s also finding a balance between her need to be strong and independent and realizing that having people she cares about might be worth the danger of losing them.
I liked how the character from Grey London is brought in, and how it shows the spread of the Shadow King’s power. The politics within the palace is also interesting, we get to see more of the king and queen and the larger power plays going on in the kingdoms outside of the magical threats. There were good endings for all the characters and for the world’s too, and I really enjoyed that even though some were bittersweet, we got happy endings all around.