The Crown and Key Society face their most terrifying villain yet: Gaios, a deranged demigod with the power to destroy Britain.
To avenge a centuries-old betrayal, Gaios is hell-bent on summoning the elemental forces of the earth to level London and bury Britain. The Crown and Key Society, a secret league consisting of a magician, an alchemist, and a monster-hunter, is the realm’s only hope—and to stop Gaios, they must gather their full strength and come together as a team, or the world will fall apart.
But Simon Archer, the Crown and Key’s leader and the last living magician-scribe, has lost his powers. As Gaios searches for the Stone of Scone, which will give him destructive dominion over the land, monster-hunter Malcolm MacFarlane, alchemist extraordinaire Kate Anstruther, gadget geek Penny Carter, and Charlotte the werewolf scramble to reconnect Simon to his magic before the world as they know it is left forever in ruins.
It’s been a couple of days since I read the last page to this book/trilogy and I still have the same reaction then as I do now and it’s that I don’t want this to be the last time I get to immerse myself into this world and spend time with the characters that I’ve come to love.
I want more.
But since I know that it may not be possible, I’ll leave it at that and get on with the review.
As with the first two books in the trilogy we are shoved back down the rabbit hole and are off and running from the very first page with Simon and crew as they fight to keep Gaios, and Ash, from destroying all that they hold dear even though the odds are stacked against them and I must say that the authors did not pull any punches with this one. They made their characters work to make it through whatever trials they faced. There were many times when I was sitting at the edge of my proverbial seat, biting my nails as I read each word waiting for the outcome. And all of the loose ends that have been dangling in front of us since The Shadow Revolution get worked out one way or another and while I may not have been happy with some, they all made sense. And then brief inclusion of a certain princess was simply brilliant!
Then there are the characters themselves. From the beginning I’ve loved Simon, Kate, Imogene, Malcolm, Penny, Charlotte, Hogarth and even Nick,though with him it was a grudging sort of love. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed bearing witness to how each of them has grown throughout the trilogy and though there were a few surprises that I didn’t see coming but can’t say that they didn’t make sense when all was said and done.
The Bottom Line: I thoroughly enjoyed this trilogy and though I’d love for it to continue the ending is perfection!
~ 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