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August 8, 2015

Steampunk Sundays: The Conquering Dark by Clay & Susan Griffith

Series: Crown & Key 3
Format: eGalley
Release Date: July 28, 2015
Publisher: Del Rey
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Steampunk

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.

  • Your brains and my brawn can overcome most anything. I couldn't ask for a better cohort strolling into hell. Malcolm to Penny

  • Penny was super badass here what with her engineering genius and handy gadgets!

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...









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34 comments:

  1. 5 boiling cauldrons! That's kind of amazing. :)

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    1. Sorry the review was incomplete when you visited! Thanks still for not mentioning this blogger fail lol

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  2. I really want these books! Ever since I saw the first book, I've been meaning to read it.

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    1. I think it's on sale, grab it while it's still cheap!

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  3. Oooooh I didn't even know about this series! So excited - I love the Griffith's writing!

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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    1. This is a must-read for you then. This series is my first and it's awesome!

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    1. They are very badass. Very heroic. Every bit the steampunk superheroes.

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  5. Woo hoo! I'm so excited you read and loved this!! *does happy dance*

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  6. For the first few commenters, I"M SORRY MY FIRST DRAFT DIDN'T SAVE! BLOGGER FAIL! I DIDN'T REALIZE IT TIL I GOT HOME FROM CHURCH TODAY. I'M PISSED BECAUSE I BELIEVE THE FIRST ONE WAS BETTER THAN THIS REDO.

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  7. Glad I caught the redo, LOL! Actually, I'll have to come back and read your review thoughts later since I still have this one to read. I just wanted to see how you rated it, yay for 5!

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    1. If this is the end, then I'm glad it concluded very nicely with an option to add more books later on.

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  8. I used to enjoy steampunk, but lately, my reading mood has changed so much I'm not enjoying it as much and that's shame because this book sounds really good,

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    1. I guess that's a given. Our reading preferences change in time. Before blogging I enjoy contemporary and historical fiction, then I got introduced to PNR and UF and got addicted to it.

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  9. I have had my eye on this series. I may have to give it a go when I am caught up on a few other series. Currently, I am reading a steampunk, which is rare for me, but I am enjoying it.

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    1. Oh yeah? Which book? I'm always looking for steampunk recommendations :)

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  10. The demi-god twist to this steampunk book sounds really awesome Braine! I love the sound of the multi-layered conflict resolution as well. Lovely review!

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    1. They really wrapped up the arcs nicely

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  11. Great to hear about the badass group in this one

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  12. I loved Charlotte and Malcolm's relationship, too!!! I bawled my eyes out at the end of this book!!!! And it's supposed to be a trilogy BUT like other Vampire trilogy has a "fourth" book coming out soon (Geomancer) so you never know with this series :D

    Great review!!!

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    1. "THEIR other vampire trilogy" - sorry!! typo!!

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    2. I have Geomancer. It's a spin-off right? *nervous coz I haven't read the original trilogy*

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  13. These sound awesome! I just picked up the first one for $1.99 for Kindle, so at some point I'll be diving in.

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    1. Fantastic! It's worth every penny, Lark!

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  14. I'm loving this series as well! These guys are so kick-ass, and I'm so excited to get to my copy. And Penny, gah and her amazing gadgets - love them. This is one of those series that the action and danger are equally matched with awesome characters to love.
    Great review, Braine!! :)

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    1. Yup, Penny needs a novella or something!

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  15. This must be a rapid release series, I thought the first just released. Anyway, this sounds amazing and I think I really have to read these! I wonder if they are on audio. I'm going to check right now!

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    1. You got it! Rapid release indeed! On one hand it's good because it cuts the waiting time, on the other hand it sucks because it's over.

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  16. Ga! You are killing me with sharing about this series! LOL! I really love the sounds of it and wish my time would break so I could add new things like this to the list. :D Thank you!!

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    1. I know you love steampunk too, this series is worth making time for and definitely a perfect series to binge read.

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