Title: The Conquering Dark (Crown & Key #3)
Author: Clay & Susan Griffith
Genre: Fiction; Urban Fantasy; Steampunk
Publisher: Del Rey
Release Date: July 28, 2015 (Estimated)
Acquired: Netgalley ARC
Date Finished: May 6, 2015
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 is the final book of the Crown & Key trilogy, and it was a wonderful ride! I kept wondering how the Griffiths were going to pull all the loose ends together in order to save the world, but they did. And, somehow, it didn’t feel rushed or contrived. It was a fabulous frolic through the final, gas-lit book of the series.
There were a lot of ups and downs in this one. Simon has lost his powers and the group is greatly suffering for it. The enemy definitely seems to have the upper hand throughout the story. The group seems surrounded by insurmountable obstacles, but everything pulls together. Not all of the outcomes are good. Unfortunately, there are some rather sad moments, but the characters handled the situations like you would expect, which only added to their depth and complexity.
By the end of this book you are in love with every character of the Crown & Key Society. There is not a single one that does not have their own voice and distinct characterization. It is a testament to the Griffiths’ character development ability.
My only complaint is that the trilogy is over. I was left wanting more. Hopefully, the Griffiths will decide to take these characters a little further.
I cannot stress enough how good this series was. It was such a fun read! I really hope you will take a little time to escape your life and step back in time.
I’d like to give a shout out to Netgalley, Del Rey, and Clay and Susan Griffith for giving me the opportunity to read and review this ARC.