Release Date: July 28, 2015
Publisher: Del Rey
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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 literally just finished THE CONQUERING DARK by Clay and Susan Griffin 10 minutes ago. Just in time for my Steampunk Sunday feature and I am most eager to add my bullets to all those reviews you've probably read for Crown & Key 3 these past few days.
We fight monsters.
- This group is so badass they're like a Victorian-Steampunk version of the Avengers. They're superheroes in every way, and their nemeses super villains. Demigods to be exact!
- THE CONQUERING DARK is brimming with chaos of the magic and alchemical goodness from beginning to end. I savored every fantastical confrontation, the fight scenes are on point, and I can't help but reread some of them because they're just THAT good!
- This novel ends the plot arc regarding the Order of the Oak and the mystery behind who killed Simon Archer's father. The death toll was high and unfortunately, the group wasn't spared the reaper's scythe. It was heartbreaking, to say the least.
- The conflict and resolution came in layers. I love how THE CONQUERING DARK has it's own plot that connected to the series arc.
- Simon and Kate are officially a couple! These two are mated and I love the implied intimacy between the two.
- Charlotte's been my favorite since the beginning, not everyone was thrilled to have her in the group especially Malcolm (she's a werewolf and he's a monster hunter). It's quite impossible not to love the little pup and I'm thrilled that Malcom's become her surrogate dad. My heart melts whenever Malcolm gets all protective and adamant about Charlotte.
- Penny was super badass here what with her engineering genius and handy gadgets!
Your brains and my brawn can overcome most anything. I couldn't ask for a better cohort strolling into hell. Malcolm to Penny
I remember reading somewhere when I began Crown & Key that its just going to be a trilogy (I might be wrong as I don't really keep up with book news :D). I hope the Griffiths change their minds and decide to write more of this world because all the books were hits, with THE CONQUERING DARK providing a heartstopping ending to the series arc. Also there's still that business about Kate's father missing and if I'm not mistaken, Simon & Co. are up in Wales at the moment, battling some demon, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who'd want to be part of that adventure...