Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Conquering Dark by Clay & Susan Griffith (Crown & Key #3)

The Conquering Dark
by Clay Griffith

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Crown & Key - Book 3
Publication Date: July 28, 2015
Publisher: Del Rey
ISBN-13: 9780345540515
Genre: Historical Fantasy/Steampunk
Print Length: 384 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
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.

The Conquering Dark by Clay & Susan Griffith (Crown & Key #3)
The Conquering Dark (Crown & Key, #3)The Crown and Key Society are back, and answering the call to save Britain from evil. What better way to end this Trilogy than with an action-packed, magical battle of good versus very, very evil? I could almost hear the dark music swell as the powerful and evil Gaios prepares to his evil plot of vengeance. Gathering to the call, all of the members of the Crown and Key Society must band together and combine their powers, but what of Simon’s loss of his abilities as the last magician-scribe? They need him now, more than ever! (this is where I see bright lights, triumphant music, yes, I love my fantasies!)

The Conquering Dark by Clay and Susan Griffith is dark, steampunk fantasy written with a flair for great dialogue, the feel of being in the amazing world of London “back in the day,” and heroes that are larger than life against all odds. Even their nod to the magical stone that protect Britain is cleverly named for such a fought over treasure, The Stone of Scone! I have to be honest, I did smile at that.

Grab your parasol, your top hat and your eye to great adventure, we’re off to fight evil and save Britain, right after High Tea. What a way to end this trilogy, on a definite high note of great writing!

I received an ARC edition from Del Rey/Random House Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

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