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Shera, the new Head of the Consultant’s Guild, faces more responsibility than she ever asked for. The Guilds are in a state of open war, her Consultants have been forced to relocate from their ancestral home, and Elder cultists plague the streets. In their tombs, the Great Elders stir. With the sky cracked and more Elders rising than ever before, Shera and her faction of Ind Shera, the new Head of the Consultant’s Guild, faces more responsibility than she ever asked for. The Guilds are in a state of open war, her Consultants have been forced to relocate from their ancestral home, and Elder cultists plague the streets. In their tombs, the Great Elders stir. With the sky cracked and more Elders rising than ever before, Shera and her faction of Independent Guilds seek a truce with their Imperialist opponents. But they know that any alliance is a gamble. The Imperialists have appointed Calder Marten to the throne, and history has proven that a single ruler is vulnerable to Elder corruption. Even so, Shera and her allies want to bring the division to an end…if the enemy Guilds are willing to cooperate. And if Calder hasn’t been corrupted already. On the seas, a man clings to his own power. In the shadows, a woman fights for peace.


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Shera, the new Head of the Consultant’s Guild, faces more responsibility than she ever asked for. The Guilds are in a state of open war, her Consultants have been forced to relocate from their ancestral home, and Elder cultists plague the streets. In their tombs, the Great Elders stir. With the sky cracked and more Elders rising than ever before, Shera and her faction of Ind Shera, the new Head of the Consultant’s Guild, faces more responsibility than she ever asked for. The Guilds are in a state of open war, her Consultants have been forced to relocate from their ancestral home, and Elder cultists plague the streets. In their tombs, the Great Elders stir. With the sky cracked and more Elders rising than ever before, Shera and her faction of Independent Guilds seek a truce with their Imperialist opponents. But they know that any alliance is a gamble. The Imperialists have appointed Calder Marten to the throne, and history has proven that a single ruler is vulnerable to Elder corruption. Even so, Shera and her allies want to bring the division to an end…if the enemy Guilds are willing to cooperate. And if Calder hasn’t been corrupted already. On the seas, a man clings to his own power. In the shadows, a woman fights for peace.

30 review for Of Killers and Kings

  1. 5 out of 5

    Terence

    The Great Elders, humanity's ancient enemy, are always plotting. With a crack in the sky they are ready to move. The Independent Guilds are ready to make peace with the Imperial Guilds to stop the Great Elders from getting what they want, but who knows exactly what any of the Great Elders have planned... Of Killers and Kings was a good story. I wish, as I have with the entire series, that it didn't go over the same information as it's parallel novel. It just removed too much of the intrigue when The Great Elders, humanity's ancient enemy, are always plotting. With a crack in the sky they are ready to move. The Independent Guilds are ready to make peace with the Imperial Guilds to stop the Great Elders from getting what they want, but who knows exactly what any of the Great Elders have planned... Of Killers and Kings was a good story. I wish, as I have with the entire series, that it didn't go over the same information as it's parallel novel. It just removed too much of the intrigue when so much of what happens has already been told. It doesn't make the books into equals, it makes whichever book you read second into a companion novel that simply fills in gaps. Shera has been made into the Guild Head of the Consultants against her will and she's bristling at the unwanted promotion. I have to say after Of Darkness and Dawn, I never imagined I could come to like her...but I have. Having her vessels, Bastion and Syphren, voices in her head made her more intriguing. I was happy to see her gain some balance. I didn't really find any other consultants all that interesting, but the Regents Estyr Six, Jorin Curse Breaker, and Lorelei were great characters. The Emperor's companions were quite the group. Estyr all power and rough edges, Jorin the scientist, and Lorelei the heart. I would have loved more from them. So this is book 6 of 6 for me in my reading of The Elder Empire. The series had a rocky start for me as I began with Of Darkness and Dawn, but I slowly went back to it. I read all three books of the Sea side because the greater world building elements fascinated me. Then I decided to go back to the Shadow side which I found I enjoyed more than I imagined after book 1. Will Wight created quite the terrifying world and situation along with people who fought to make the world better. I loved the greater view we gained on the Emperor and how we learned despite all his power, at his core he was a man who cared deeply for humanity as a whole. He also lived through a world full of horror that the inhabitants today couldn't relate to which made some of them view him as harsh. The Emperor simply knew what was a stake. In the end I'm glad that I read the Elder Empire and I'd be happy to revisit it down the line, hopefully without parallel novels. I'd have to call it a tie between the Shadow and Sea side for which trilogy I enjoyed more.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Scott Hitchcock

    4.5*'s for all three books in this part of the series. 4.5*'s for all three books in this part of the series.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Spencer

    Solid ending.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bonhomous

    I waited to review until I had finished the series. I thoroughly enjoyed the read. Will Wight writes very interesting stories. I doubt he'll try to write two books side-to-side again. It was probably one of those concepts that sounded cool in his head but was a nightmare to implement. As a reader, it was a lot of work. I wanted to have both books running side-by-side rather than one at a time and I actually sort of read them that way. I would read a section from one and then go read a section fr I waited to review until I had finished the series. I thoroughly enjoyed the read. Will Wight writes very interesting stories. I doubt he'll try to write two books side-to-side again. It was probably one of those concepts that sounded cool in his head but was a nightmare to implement. As a reader, it was a lot of work. I wanted to have both books running side-by-side rather than one at a time and I actually sort of read them that way. I would read a section from one and then go read a section from the other. I found I personally preferred the consultant books. I resonated more with Shera than with Calder - but I know that's just a personal preference, other people reading these will have different takes. I found Shera to be hilarious. What I didn't like: Too much like work to hop around and read stories side by side. I liked the concept, I thought it was clever, but I didn't enjoy reading it that way all that much. On top of that, the author was all over the time stream - 10 years ago, current day, 2 years ago, current day. It was really choppy and I don't know if I missed stuff or if the author didn't include certain information. I never really read what happened when Shera did the job for the emperor that she was hired for - but I wasn't sure if that was included and I missed it or if Will Wight wanted that to be in our imagination. There was no regard for human life. I realize when gods fight that there is going to be collateral damage, but how can you have the head of the Champions guild fall and no one seems to even notice. This is a man that we've seen bring his young daughter to strategy sessions. This is a man who we've seen try to carry a wooden rocking horse without breaking it for his family. And no one mourns his passing. That really irked me. I love Will Wight books. He has a great imagination and writes really good main characters. His secondary characters have a tendency to facelessness. (I couldn't really tell Cheska, Bliss and Teach apart for the longest time - same with the leaders of the consultants guild) I'm glad I read this series, but I'm also glad that it's done.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tadhg

    A fast paced and satisfying resolution to the story. I look forward to reading its companion book to see the other side

  6. 4 out of 5

    OldBird

    I want to start this review by saying that Will Wight spins an amazing epic fantasy yarn. A little creepiness here, a little JRPG influence there, and the Elder Empire makes for an epic saga. He has a way of writing that draws you in and makes you believe in his fantasy world and all its quirks. So why the low rating? The reading experience of having a story split between two series. It sort of worked at the beginning, but by this big finale it left me feeling deeply unsatisfied. Even having just I want to start this review by saying that Will Wight spins an amazing epic fantasy yarn. A little creepiness here, a little JRPG influence there, and the Elder Empire makes for an epic saga. He has a way of writing that draws you in and makes you believe in his fantasy world and all its quirks. So why the low rating? The reading experience of having a story split between two series. It sort of worked at the beginning, but by this big finale it left me feeling deeply unsatisfied. Even having just finished Of Kings and Killers, the companion novel, only a day ago, I'm left with this feeling of having only read half a story. OK, so this time I know what happened in the other side of the narrative but... Equally I kept forgetting details. I was frustrated by having to read the same scene again just from a slightly different perspective. It offered only minor insights into the characters, and to be blunt I found it a bit tedious going over old ground. Unlike Calder's novel of slightly disjointed flashbacks, we didn't really get much more on the characters around Shera. Her flashbacks did have more continuity, but I felt that Meia never really got her time to shine (she just pops up, becomes even more awesome, goes away again until needed), and Shera's relationship with Lucan was another case of telling rather than showing (view spoiler)[(literally, Meia tells Shera she was in love with him despite there not being any emotional interaction between them for the entire trilogy. There were those dodgy kisses in book 1, but they didn't make sense given how cold Shera was even in flashbacks. I kind of wanted Shera to be surprised by the idea that she loved Lucan, like she'd never realised it and would reflect on it even for a moment. She didn't, moving off to engage in more action. (hide spoiler)] I really liked the ones that looked more at the history of the Empire and Emperor though, as it filled in a few blanks. I got confused a few times during the book. For example, there are some events that would make no sense if you hadn't read Calder's book first (Bliss' vendetta for example, and what Shera means by an offhand comment about it), but at other times characters are introduced here before turning up in his novel as if they've already been explained in his timeline, but they haven't. And then the final showdown sections. With Calder I was mildly confused about how easy his part was right at the end, but Shera..? (view spoiler)[Kelarac's armoury falls out of the sky and saves the day because he's stuck in Shera's head and so she controls him? Was that it? And what happened about the "outsider" who was about to tear their world apart? No answers here either. (hide spoiler)] Whatever, I still think it's a great story. I only wish it had been 3 novels with the two protagonists rather than this conceptually cool but nightmare to read dual series. If I'd had known what I did now, I would have alternated both book 3s to read at the same time (Calder's first, then over to Shera once Rainworth is mentioned, switch back at pivotal moment and repeat) because it would have been a far more enjoyable way to experience the ending. I would definitely be open to reading more by this talented writer... Just as long as everything's in one book/series next time.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nate

    Total Rating: 3.75 Trilogy Rating: 4.5 Character Arc: 5 Characters: 4.75 Tone: 4.5 This book has received my lowest rating of the series, but it’s not worse than all the other books, it has the problem of the highs being much higher, but the lows being much lower (Wise Man’s Fear syndrome if you will). This ends on a great character arc coming to a natural but for me at least, not at all predictable end. I was happier with the character arc aspect of this book than I was in any other book in the ser Total Rating: 3.75 Trilogy Rating: 4.5 Character Arc: 5 Characters: 4.75 Tone: 4.5 This book has received my lowest rating of the series, but it’s not worse than all the other books, it has the problem of the highs being much higher, but the lows being much lower (Wise Man’s Fear syndrome if you will). This ends on a great character arc coming to a natural but for me at least, not at all predictable end. I was happier with the character arc aspect of this book than I was in any other book in the series. However King had much stronger plotting, and I feel like that should have permeated the ends of both books, but I didn’t feel that was the case here. Nothing in this volume felt as bombastic or fun as King, but it fell short on some of the through lines of the shadow series, as well. As always, the tone stayed very well-executed, and the characters resonated well. The pacing suffered here more than most if not all the other books, but I found the end to be more satisfying on a character level (unfortunately the Shadow books have a much smaller cast, and they’ve suffered casualties to boot). Since this is the last book in the series, I’m going to make it something of a series review. If you’ve read each of the independent reviews, I’m not introducing much new here. If you’re looking for a spoiler free review and guide, this is for you. My preferred reading order to recommend now is Sea 1, Shadow 1, Sea 2, Shadow 2, Shadow 3, Sea 3. This order will keep spoilers to a minimum, allow you to start with a better cast of characters, end on a better plot points, and by reading Shadow 2 and 3 in sequence, perhaps make it read as a larger novel with a slower pace but better plot. Selling points of the series: Setting- Lovecraftian fantasy that has unique world-building that makes you want all the info dumps you get, rather than forcing them on you up front. It often feels like getting new pieces to the puzzle rather than having wikipedia articles shouted at you. Fun characters- You’re not going to get the depth of an Abercrombie character in this series, but what you will get are characters that are genuinely fun to follow and don’t make dumb decisions for the sake of the plot. There’s a lot left to be explored is Wight ever chooses to go back to this world as many characters could easily have entertaining prequels, we good get stories of people living through this turbulent time that don’t actually effect it but just have to survive it in their day-to-day. Options are aplenty. Warnings and considerations Pacing- some entries have exceptional pacing, I was especially fond of it in the Sea books. Others feel disjointed and the past present cycle can really feel like it gets in the way. This is a popcorn read. It’s not going to make you contemplate philosophy, and unless you are a very sensitive empath, you’re not going to weep for these characters. You might cheer for them, though. If you’re looking for good escapism, this is it. If you’re looking to compare and contrasts

  8. 5 out of 5

    William

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Of Killers and Kings is the last book in the Elder Empire: Shadow series. The story concludes the tale of Shera and her conflict with Imperialists and the Elders. Shera is now the head of the Consultants and wields a second soul-bound shear (knife) to go with her first. She has mist powers now and is more powerful than ever. I found her more interesting this time, perhaps because as the new guild head she has more on her mind than sleeping and her love of Lucan. She tends to be action and proble Of Killers and Kings is the last book in the Elder Empire: Shadow series. The story concludes the tale of Shera and her conflict with Imperialists and the Elders. Shera is now the head of the Consultants and wields a second soul-bound shear (knife) to go with her first. She has mist powers now and is more powerful than ever. I found her more interesting this time, perhaps because as the new guild head she has more on her mind than sleeping and her love of Lucan. She tends to be action and problem focused in this book which suits her. The backstory concerns Lucan's investigation into the Consultants post Emperor and the Regents. We finally learn why Lucan is in jail and Shera is in hot water with the guild at the start of the story. Its satisfying to finally get answers to these questions after so long. The first half of the story is Shera and friends in conflict with Calder and his Imperialists. This was not my favourite part. Shera's faction makes a bid for peace before throwing it away almost immediately. Shera hates Calder but its not clear why she hates him so much since she already knows Calder didnt kill Lucan. I assume she hates him because he has inconvenienced her and she's a psycho. Its weird because in general Shera doesnt really put effort into caring about anything. Anyway, she and her allies crush the Imperialist faction, and she personally kills Calder with little effort. The second part of the book is a little better. It focuses on conflict with the Elders which is both complex and exciting. The Regents finally fight somebody in their weight class and we see the end game of the Elders. Shera has a sort of crisis of character near the end the book where she realizes she has feelings. It was okay, it felt a little flat but it a was conclusion to her character arc. One problem with Shera during her whole series is that I never really believed she was in danger and she would generally succeed no matter the odds. We're told she has limitations but it never really felt like that. I can only recall one time she lost a fight she actively engaged in, the one with Bliss. This is in contrast to the series other main character Calder, who feels like he loses a lot. However I suspect if I had read her part of the series first and not alternated between the two series, she might have come off a little better. A final thought on the series, though it's probably too late if youre reading a review of book 3 is that both parts are both reading. However rather than alternating between the two series per book I suggest you read Shera's part entirely and then read Calder's for an alternative perspective. TL:DR - Okay end to the series, a bit mixed in the beginning but improves greatly towards the end.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Pearl

    This was, overall, a very nice conclusion to a series that has been waiting for a few years. Trying to avoid spoilers: I felt like Shera's emotional arc reached the final punch we've been waiting for since that first opening chapter back in Of Shadow and Sea. She finally came to a point where the ending felt like the only logical place to go with her character. The Shadow side of the series has always been Shera's story and I do think we got a satisfying conclusion to it. If you have enjoyed the This was, overall, a very nice conclusion to a series that has been waiting for a few years. Trying to avoid spoilers: I felt like Shera's emotional arc reached the final punch we've been waiting for since that first opening chapter back in Of Shadow and Sea. She finally came to a point where the ending felt like the only logical place to go with her character. The Shadow side of the series has always been Shera's story and I do think we got a satisfying conclusion to it. If you have enjoyed the previous books you will (most likely) enjoy this one. That being said, I did have some problems with this final book. This was the first time I'd read one of the Shadow side of the series and found it lacking as a standalone book. I didn't feel like I got a whole and complete story until I read the Sea side. Which was disappointing, but also something that had happened to me on the Sea side, so perhaps it was just time for the Shadow side. This probably bothered me more than it should due to the several years wait for the books. Without that wait I doubt it would have bothered me at all. For all their build up I was somewhat disappointed by the Great Elders. The battle, when it finally happened, just didn't seem to have the weight of the build up. Despite that I did enjoy the conclusion and how it reflected on Shera. Overall I have some conflicted feelings on the book, but I do think most of those are just because of the wait for the finish, especially with Will Wight's normally frantic publishing pace.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cmoore

    Oh man! I really loved listening to this last book in the side-by-side trilogies that Will Wight orchestrated. Between you and me, I secretly believe that Will was a bit maniacal, and possibly masochistic for even making the attempt. But whatever his motivation was, he pulled it off brilliantly! And, yes you could read either of the trilogies... it will stand alone, following a complete story ARC! But why would you want to do that? You could get a much fuller/deeper sense of the world by getting Oh man! I really loved listening to this last book in the side-by-side trilogies that Will Wight orchestrated. Between you and me, I secretly believe that Will was a bit maniacal, and possibly masochistic for even making the attempt. But whatever his motivation was, he pulled it off brilliantly! And, yes you could read either of the trilogies... it will stand alone, following a complete story ARC! But why would you want to do that? You could get a much fuller/deeper sense of the world by getting both trilogies!!! In one series you follow Captain Calder Marten and in the other story ARC, you're getting Shera's POV! Both characters are deadly serious about stopping the Elder Gods... but they're polar opposites on how to go about doing that... and oh yeah, they're Bitter enemies. The few times their paths cross, you get a whole new perspective, and I guarantee you won't be bored! All that takes some awesome writing chops, so thank you Will Wight! Emily Woo Zeller gave a simply stellar performance as the narrator of this book! Check out some of her other works available on Audible!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    This was the last of the 6 books in the series I read. I wasn't sure how reading the 5th book (Kings and Killers) would spoil this, but I think there were enough new things that this was interesting. Reading this one first in some ways may be slightly less spoilery - or maybe more so; there are a few more "behind the scenes" things in this book than in Kings and Killers, and I think Kings and Killers refers to some of these things more off-screen, but there's not a huge difference in which one s This was the last of the 6 books in the series I read. I wasn't sure how reading the 5th book (Kings and Killers) would spoil this, but I think there were enough new things that this was interesting. Reading this one first in some ways may be slightly less spoilery - or maybe more so; there are a few more "behind the scenes" things in this book than in Kings and Killers, and I think Kings and Killers refers to some of these things more off-screen, but there's not a huge difference in which one should be read first. Overall, this was a strong enough series and I liked that there are still a few open points for future series - maybe even as a single series. I can't believe one of the spoilers in this book which gives context for the whole series - the series, due to how it is written, almost deserves a re-read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Neviot

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. What a satisfying ending. “You are invincible! one of her shears cried. But don’t let it go to your head, the other counseled.” Really appreciated the tension between the two opposing shears and especially reading about her ability to control Bastion’s Veil. I didn’t realize how much I valued the relationship between Meia and Shera until Meia bullied her into a measure of self-awareness, that she’s more human and more passionate than she allows herself credit for. Part of what I really enjoyed abo What a satisfying ending. “You are invincible! one of her shears cried. But don’t let it go to your head, the other counseled.” Really appreciated the tension between the two opposing shears and especially reading about her ability to control Bastion’s Veil. I didn’t realize how much I valued the relationship between Meia and Shera until Meia bullied her into a measure of self-awareness, that she’s more human and more passionate than she allows herself credit for. Part of what I really enjoyed about the three books that follow Shera’s storyline was the insight into TPTB in this world, the Emperor and the Regents, the origin of the human world and the two thousand year battle against the Great Elders. With Shera’s rapidly accumulating powers, her fierce loyalty to the empire, having her join this group at the end is truly fitting. Terrific work wrapping up the series.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kyle Walker

    Great end to the series The Elder Empire series has always been a distant third for me behind the Traveler's Gate and Cradle books. But these last books in the series were quite good. The Cradleverse easter eggs/tie ins were cool. I've never minded the flash back chapter approach to explain more of the story, though some readers may not like that device. It was nice to see more of the backstory for the characters and the overall world. I mostly preferred Calder's story viewpoint, but again both boo Great end to the series The Elder Empire series has always been a distant third for me behind the Traveler's Gate and Cradle books. But these last books in the series were quite good. The Cradleverse easter eggs/tie ins were cool. I've never minded the flash back chapter approach to explain more of the story, though some readers may not like that device. It was nice to see more of the backstory for the characters and the overall world. I mostly preferred Calder's story viewpoint, but again both books were really good this time around. Shera seemed more understandable/relatable and not a mindless assassin, killing machine. There are very few authors like Will Wight where I can say I've thoroughly enjoyed most, if not all, of their books/series. Keep up the good work!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jaipal

    Shera of the Consultant's Guild is the new Guild Head of the Am'haranai. She gets super beefed up with 2 awakened blades and uses them to resolve problems. I like how the story ended but it felt annoying at times. I think Lucan was the heart and the head of the trio. It was a pity he wasn't there to temper Shera's excesses. The story is mostly linear, with some flashbacks of what happened after the death of the Emperor. I found the Regents to be super-powered beings without much wisdom or skills i Shera of the Consultant's Guild is the new Guild Head of the Am'haranai. She gets super beefed up with 2 awakened blades and uses them to resolve problems. I like how the story ended but it felt annoying at times. I think Lucan was the heart and the head of the trio. It was a pity he wasn't there to temper Shera's excesses. The story is mostly linear, with some flashbacks of what happened after the death of the Emperor. I found the Regents to be super-powered beings without much wisdom or skills in dealing with matters that does not require brute use of power, which they have in abundance. All in all, this time I preferred book 3(a) to book 3(b) whereas I preferred the shadow series for the other books. However, give this book a read to get more back story to tie off loose ends.

  15. 4 out of 5

    CK

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Shera gets more powerful with +1 Awakened Shear. It has a calm/protect vibe which helps balance out the crazy/kill everyone vibe from the other. Lucan dies (carry over from last book). Shera operates as Guild Leader. Guild wars continue with epic fights with Regents. Eventually everyone comes together to fight the Great Elders (1 escapes, 2 killed, others stay away). 1 Great Elder that escapes fights "Outsider" (which apparently had contact with Calder). Shera becomes 4th Regent and is put into Shera gets more powerful with +1 Awakened Shear. It has a calm/protect vibe which helps balance out the crazy/kill everyone vibe from the other. Lucan dies (carry over from last book). Shera operates as Guild Leader. Guild wars continue with epic fights with Regents. Eventually everyone comes together to fight the Great Elders (1 escapes, 2 killed, others stay away). 1 Great Elder that escapes fights "Outsider" (which apparently had contact with Calder). Shera becomes 4th Regent and is put into sleep at end.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Brett Goldsmith

    At his best You know that somewhat sad feeling when you get to the end of a great story? You get that for a second when you finish the last book of the Elder Empire series, and then you realize: there's another 'last book' still to read. I am not a fan of the slow pacing the Cradle series has taken on. To me, the Elder Empire series, with the depth of world building, space left open for readers to think about what things mean or what really happened without simply being told everything, and consis At his best You know that somewhat sad feeling when you get to the end of a great story? You get that for a second when you finish the last book of the Elder Empire series, and then you realize: there's another 'last book' still to read. I am not a fan of the slow pacing the Cradle series has taken on. To me, the Elder Empire series, with the depth of world building, space left open for readers to think about what things mean or what really happened without simply being told everything, and consistently advancing plot is Wight's best work.

  17. 5 out of 5

    William Moses Jr.

    Well, damn. This series, two sets of first, second, and final books. To write these stories so that I care about both sets of protagonists, even when I'm rooting for a particular set when I read a given book. To write things so that as soon as I finish one book in a set, I immediately want to know what happens in the other book. All very impressive feats of skill. But, to be able to write a final book that both satisfies me as a reader when it comes to one protagonist's story while leaving me ve Well, damn. This series, two sets of first, second, and final books. To write these stories so that I care about both sets of protagonists, even when I'm rooting for a particular set when I read a given book. To write things so that as soon as I finish one book in a set, I immediately want to know what happens in the other book. All very impressive feats of skill. But, to be able to write a final book that both satisfies me as a reader when it comes to one protagonist's story while leaving me very interested in the other final book. Damn, that is amazing! This series is truly amazing.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Joy

    Very good ending of Shera's part of the tale. She was my favorite character and gained some very heavy duty powers in this last book as did her fellow assassins. Just what you need to bring down a gang of immortal, Lovecraftian Elders. Open ending too for further adventures. I liked this paired trilogy idea with each completely devoted to a main protagonist. I'm not fond of books with character chapters. It's annoying to be left hanging while the next chapters takes up other actions by characters Very good ending of Shera's part of the tale. She was my favorite character and gained some very heavy duty powers in this last book as did her fellow assassins. Just what you need to bring down a gang of immortal, Lovecraftian Elders. Open ending too for further adventures. I liked this paired trilogy idea with each completely devoted to a main protagonist. I'm not fond of books with character chapters. It's annoying to be left hanging while the next chapters takes up other actions by characters.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Maren Johnson

    It's hard to review this book because it was pretty much everything I ever could've wanted from the third and final book in Shera's story. (It has everything except for one thing, and that one thing couldn't be fixed. RIP my favorite character in Shera's story.) There was character development. There were plot twists. There was epic magical things. There were like 12 parts intense enough to warrant a climax in any other book. Suffice to say, I loved this book and this series, and I wish there we It's hard to review this book because it was pretty much everything I ever could've wanted from the third and final book in Shera's story. (It has everything except for one thing, and that one thing couldn't be fixed. RIP my favorite character in Shera's story.) There was character development. There were plot twists. There was epic magical things. There were like 12 parts intense enough to warrant a climax in any other book. Suffice to say, I loved this book and this series, and I wish there were 12 more books, even though this one wrapped it all up nicely.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Max

    A great conclusion to this half of the storyline! The pacing was a bit abrupt with all the movement across timelines but that was probably also due to my not having the time to reread the previous books before diving into this one. I still enjoy the magic system and I appreciated the choice Wight made to not unveil any new secret twists or exploits in it at the last minute. It says something that he trusted it to stand on its own across the series without introducing any major changes.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sundeep

    Finally a shadow book that I liked from the go. There's lot of stuff happening, so I was feverishly turning the pages. I'm sure I missed a few nuances, so looking forward to re-reading at a more leisurely pace later on. We get a closure to this particular story, but lot of details are left out to reader's imagination too. Wonder if we will get short stories in this setting. Finally a shadow book that I liked from the go. There's lot of stuff happening, so I was feverishly turning the pages. I'm sure I missed a few nuances, so looking forward to re-reading at a more leisurely pace later on. We get a closure to this particular story, but lot of details are left out to reader's imagination too. Wonder if we will get short stories in this setting.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Louis B

    Great series I enjoyed Shera’s story more than Calder’s. The style in which the stories are told was ok.... But I’d rather the story of both Shera and Calder had been told together. I felt like Calder’s story was the weaker and if they’re stories were combined into one book than Calder’s weaker storyline wouldn’t have be as obvious. Still the series as a whole was good.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kaleigh

    A thoroughly enjoyable read, though it didn't feel quite as complete as Last Sea when it came to the ending climax. Having started with Sea I knew what was going on but without having read that before hand I would have felt like I was missing a ton of what happened with Calder before the end. To me this felt more like a supplemental to the true ending in Last Sea. A thoroughly enjoyable read, though it didn't feel quite as complete as Last Sea when it came to the ending climax. Having started with Sea I knew what was going on but without having read that before hand I would have felt like I was missing a ton of what happened with Calder before the end. To me this felt more like a supplemental to the true ending in Last Sea.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Danny Moody

    I really liked the unexpected nature of this book. A lot of cool stuff happened. I am hopefully curious to get some of the missing pieces in the other book. In the end, I really enjoyed this series and thought it was pretty original

  25. 5 out of 5

    Giancarlo Ligia

    Last twin book of the Elder Empire series, it delivers. I thoroughly enjoyed it as I did the previous one. Will Wight is gifted with words and characterization, and I believe we will see more and more good books like this one!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jurien Huggins

    That was such a satisfying adventure Loved this universe. Will Wight is a genius at magic systems and relationships in these stories I can’t even begin to imagine the Kind of gift it takes to make a world with this amount of detail

  27. 4 out of 5

    james Schweitzer

    Great series Really have enjoyed these books. The characters are great, the magic system is unique and the two point of views is always interesting.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Liupua Andrew Sunia

    Loved it This book sparks my imagination with fun inspiration and endless intrigue. A great release from the covid-19 politics in America.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Luke

    As Expected As expected, the humor and strategy is at full throttle here. Glad to fully understand the history of the Emperor himself.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Justin Cook

    Pleasant ending to a great series I enjoyed this purposeful parallel storytelling to a fun a adventurous story. I enjoyed seeing the plot through another pair of eyes.

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