The Conquering DarkSeries: Crown & Key #3
Published by Del Rey on July 28th 2015
Genres: Historical, Fantasy, Steampunk
I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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.
I freakin’ bawled my eyes out when I finished reading this final book in the Crown and Key trilogy. Heads up people – if you want to read this series, start at book one, The Shadow Revolution, and don’t skip book two, The Undying Legion. Only then will you properly and fully enjoy the complete experience of the Crown and Key trilogy (cue the John Williams music).
So, I kind of liked this series and this book, The Conquering Dark, did the series proud with a strong, albeit gut wrenching, finale.
Simon and his team of supernatural detectives are licking their wounds from their previous battle with a strong, god-like magician. Unfortunately, they have two more of these strong magicians left over who are now battling over London. One wants to destroy it, the other wants to control it.
I’m trying to decide what I enjoyed most about this book (and series). Did I love the world building the most? I have to say, the Griffiths do have amazing imaginations. They continued to astound me with Penny’s unique “steampunk-ish” weapons and inventions. And imagine if you will a rock golum swathing a path of destruction through your backyard. I could easily picture it because the Griffiths paint spectacular pictures with their words.
But there’s still something I enjoyed more…
The plot/drama in this book was relatively good. At times it played backseat to the character development but that was fine with me. This just wasn’t my favorite story of the entire trilogy. I was just a tad bit distracted by all the happenings going on with the characters. Which leads me to my favorite part of this particular book…
I adore these characters that the Griffiths developed! Simon showed a different side to himself in this book. And even though Kate was a tad bit flat, she complimented Simon and her sister Imogen when she needed to perfectly. The relationship between Malcolm and Charlotte was kind of expected but then I saw a seed of something between Malcolm and ?????? (not telling you!) and that utterly made my day! I had been secretly hoping for that little seed ever since I met those two.
But if a book has me torn to pieces by the end of it, with Kleenex piled high nearby, that’s a sure sign that the authors have done their job masterfully and captured me, a bit soggy in the face, but still loving this book.