With a flood of dark magic about to engulf Victorian London, can a handful of heroes vanquish a legion of the undead?
When monster-hunter Malcolm MacFarlane comes across the gruesome aftermath of a ritual murder in a London church, he enlists the help of magician-scribe Simon Archer and alchemist extraordinaire Kate Anstruther. Studying the macabre scene, they struggle to understand obscure clues in the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics carved into the victim’s heart—as well as bizarre mystical allusions to the romantic poetry of William Blake. One thing is clear: Some very potent black magic is at work.
But this human sacrifice is only the first in a series of ritualized slayings. Desperate to save lives while there is still time, Simon, Kate, and Malcolm—along with gadget geek Penny Carter and Charlotte, an adolescent werewolf—track down a necromancer who is reanimating the deceased. As the team battles an unrelenting army of undead, a powerful Egyptian mummy, and serpentine demons, the necromancer proves an elusive quarry. And when the true purpose of the ritual is revealed, the gifted allies must confront a destructive force that is positively apocalyptic.
After finishing The Shadow Revolution I knew that what had gone on in that book was just the tip of the iceberg and that The Undying Legion was going to go beyond it. In part because it is the second book in the trilogy and they tend to be chock full of twists and turns to set up the big finale for the third book and also because of all the little things that were left unresolved, but I really wasn’t prepared for everything that this book threw at me. I should have been, I mean read the blurb it is probably one of the most accurate ones I’ve read in a while and even then it doesn’t fully prepare you for everything because there is still the issue of the Key, Imogen and what will happen with her as well as if this motley crew can put aside their differences and open their minds long enough to actually work together. Even though there was a lot going on there were places where I felt it dragged just a little, but it didn’t lessen my interest in story at all. The authors did a great job at resolving some of the lingering issues while presenting new ones that made it difficult for me to put the e-reader down.
Outside of the craziness that is going on with the ritual sacrifices, the necromancer and the looming issue of Gaios and just what is going on with him, we also get to spend time with each of the characters and see how their relationships with each other have changed since the ending of the first book and continue to change. As with the first book, I liked all of the characters and the addition of Charlotte to fold brought in a much needed lift in more ways than one. And as I said before, I’ll say it again here, I love that the women hold their own and that the men acknowledge and respect it, even when their alpha male natures want to protect them.
The Bottom Line: Even with everything being thrown at me I still want more! Bring on Book #3!
~ I received an ARC from Random House Publishing Group - Del Rey Spectra via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~
Clay & Susan Griffith are a married couple who have written and published together for more than a decade. Their credits not only include two novels for Bantam Doubleday Dell in the mid-1990s and another novel for Pinnacle Entertainment Group in 2002 but also numerous short stories published in many anthologies, some featuring noted genre characters like Kolchak the Night Stalker and The Phantom. They've also written scripts for television and published graphic novels