The journey that began with The Shadow of What Was Lostreaches its spectacular conclusion in The Light of All That Falls, the final chapter of the Licanius Trilogy by acclaimed epic fantasy author James Islington.
After a savage battle, the Boundary is whole again -- but it may be too late. Banes now stalk the lands of Andarra, and the Venerate have gathered their armies for a final, crushing blow.
In Ilin Illan, Wirr fights to maintain a precarious alliance between Andarra's factions of power. With dark forces closing in on the capital, if he cannot succeed, the war is lost.
Imprisoned and alone in a strange land, Davian is pitted against the remaining Venerate. As he desperately tries to keep them from undoing Asha's sacrifice, he struggles to come to terms with his own path and all he has learned about Caeden, the friend he chose to set free.
Finally, Caeden is confronted with the reality of a plan laid centuries ago -- heartbroken at how it started and devastated by how it must end.
The Licanius TrilogyThe Shadow of What Was LostAn Echo of Things to ComeThe Light of All That Falls
"Love The Wheel of Time? This is about to become your new favorite series." - B&N SciFi & Fantasy Blog
Islington wraps up his saga of ancient evils, treachery, and time travelers in the dense final installment of his Licanius trilogy (after An Echo of Things to Come). With evil forces looming in the north of the land of Andarra, Northwarden Wirr faces the legacy of his father's failures while keeping his own plans secret. Wirr's friend, Asha, must hide her illicit powers as she fights to strengthen the magical Boundary that holds back the Northern monsters. Meanwhile, time traveler Davian struggles to escape the prison world that has held him captive since the end of the previous book in order to go back in time and set a series of events in motion, and Caeden, the legendary king called Tal'kamar, faces the consequences of his hapless past. Even with the inclusion of a 19-page refresher on the previous books in the series, new readers will be lost. Unnecessary intrigue drags down an already overstuffed story, and Islington's tired characters are not dynamic enough to support the heavy burden of the plot. Devoted fans will be glad to see loose ends tied up but exhausted by the long trudge to the series' ending.
Amazing! Wonderfully complex, amazingly written!
The character development and insane complexity of timeline overlay and connection has put this series in my top 3 without a doubt. I’m still blown away by the ending. No spoilers though, don’t worry :)
Needs more World details
It is often times complex to a fault, but I find myself interested still in how the puzzle pieces will fall into place. His writing is engaging with character arcs and the politics, and especially ethical questions, but where it is lacking for me is the world-building. I want more detailed descriptions of settings, clothing/armor, food/drink, animals, landscapes, atmosphere, it would really help balance it out I think. Miles Cameron does this really well (though his is a bias heavily toward the warfare side of things - weapons/logistics and armor). I really enjoy how Patrick Rothfuss does atmosphere and food/drink. I just find that I relate more to the characters when there is more of that kind of thing.