The precarious equilibrium among the four Londons has reached its breaking point. Once brimming with the red vivacity of magic, darkness casts a shadow over the Maresh Empire, leaving a space for another London to rise. Kell–once assumed to be the last surviving Antari–begins to waver under the pressure of competing loyalties. Lila Bard, once a commonplace–but never common–thief, has survived and flourished through a series of magical trials. But now she must learn to control the magic, before it bleeds her dry.
Meanwhile, the disgraced Captain Alucard Emery and the Night Spire crew are attempting a race against time to acquire the impossible, as an ancient enemy returns to claim a crown and a fallen hero is desperate to save a decaying world…
This was definitely my favourite book out of the three. It was so intense, so fast-paced and a rollercoaster from start to finish. It hooked me from the very first page and even now that I’ve finished it, I still can’t stop thinking about it. I just love this world – or rather worlds – and characters Victoria has created. I can’t get Kell, Lila, Holland and Rhy out of my mind! I just want more of them and I am very sad but also happy to have finished this series now. By the way, this review will contain massive chunks of me getting all my feelings out about Holland and venting a little bit!
I was left with my heart in my mouth by the end of the second book and the start of this book was no different! It did not disappoint and left me reading like crazy, drinking it all in because I was so desperate to find out what happened to the characters. It was so intense and so scary. Lila was absolutely badass as usual and just went charging in determined to save people! She has evolved so much since the first book and I have such an intense love for her now. She is an awesome fighter and I love how she isn’t afraid to just catapult herself right in to the middle of a fight.
There are some chapters focusing on Holland’s past and what kind of life he has led so we actually get to find out lots more about him. I’d like to say it was good but it actually crushed me. It really did. It felt like my heart broke into a million pieces with each new chapter I read. He has had such a devastating and heartbreaking life. He did not deserve any of that, not at all.
I really didn’t know what to think about Holland in the first two books because he was kind of the villain but not really. He was forced to do horrible stuff so I felt really sorry for him but I still didn’t know enough about him to feel anything else. He actually redeems himself in this book and I loved, loved, LOVED seeing him fight and use his magic. I love him so, so, so much and when I was reading this book, I just wanted to hug him and show him that he can still be loved! This book just destroyed me and left me an emotional wreck. I have come to love Holland just as much as Kell. People treated him so horribly for stuff that was out of his control and I just wanted to pull him out of that and treat him how he deserves to be treated! He deserves to be loved and to have a family that cares about him. Even after the way he has been treated, Holland is still a good person and wants to do the right thing. He sacrifices so much to save Red London while his own world perishes! He could have walked away but he didn’t.
Reading Holland’s chapters shows that Kell has had such a good upbringing but then he has also had grief with his family. Kell is treated more like a possession rather than a person a lot of the time and you can tell that it is killing him. It’s so clear how much he has sacrificed for Rhy and the King and Queen and when he gets it thrown back in his face, it annoys me so much! Rhy is the only one who treats Kell like he is a member of the family and I love how close they are. Any time something happens, they both rush to be their for each other and their thoughts are just consumed with each other’s safety. I love them so much.
I love how jam-packed this book was and there was still a lot of tales of adventure as they went far and wide, searching for a way to save Red London! Holland, Kell and Lila all working together was amazing, just what I wanted. Three Antari fighting against the baddies, yes please! They made such an awesome team despite Lila not trusting Holland. They put all their anger aside and just came together for the people of Red London, it was beautiful. This book left me so damn anxious though, the whole way through I was so worried about Kell and Rhy. Veronica loves putting them in dangerous situations and I was biting my nails, dreading coming upon a chapter where they suffered. The ending left me on the edge of my seat! It was so bloody intense when they were trying to defeat Osaron, who was a very scary villain.
The ending left me so sad because the characters are so changed by the end and my poor, sweet Kell. I can’t believe she did that to him, Veronica is savage when it comes to her characters. I mean it is a happy ending but not without leaving some lasting damage for the characters. I simply cannot say goodbye to these characters. I just can’t. This series has consumed me and left me hungry for more. I can’t believe it took me so long to read it, what was I thinking? It was bloody awesome! Victoria is an amazing writer! I truly enjoyed this series and it will stay with me for a very long time! I need more of Kell, please! I can’t let him go.