Series: Crown and Key #3
Published by Del Rey, Random House Audio on July 28, 2015
Genres: Adult SFF, Steampunk
Length: 11 minutes, 43 minutes
Narrator: Nicholas Guy Smith
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My Reviews in this series: The Shadow Revolution, The Undying Legion
*This book was provided by the Publisher for review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.
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.
What a ride! The Conquering Dark concludes the Crown and Key trilogy and it was an action packed adventure with a fabulous cast of characters. The big baddie in this one was a bit out there and definitely packed a much bigger punch then the previous two books (though admitted the bad guy in the first book was my favorite because hey he was just the creepiest!)
I loved how all of the charachter threads were so tightly woven together and the slow reveal of things about each other over the course of the trilogy. This was a good set of three books for delving into a fantastical alternate history Victorian London. As all alternate histories the women seem to have more oomph then they actually would in reality but I find I LOVE that about these types of books. Instead they have the power as they should. This would be a great world to live in.
Things definitely hit up to a boiling point with Simon and Kate. And Penny is as fabulous as ever with her inventions and Charlotte just as playful and endearing. I love that we really saw and heard more from Imogen as well. From the end of the first book and into the second I thought she wasn’t going to be much of a character but she definitely grew on me quite a bit.
The Conquering Dark is a must read for those that enjoyed the first two books because you simply must see how things wrap up.
Thoughts on the narration
I had actually read the first two in print and picked this one up on audio because I haven’t had the time to read much lately and I’m so glad I did! The narrator Nicholas Guy Smith was excellent. I think I am really lucking out lately in the narrator department. I consider myself to be quite picky and he was able to hit all the right notes with voices, tone and just really getting into the characters.