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The Light of All That Falls by James Islington

Brilliant end to a great series.

I’m not going to go into the plot here as usual, this being the last book of the series. Let’s just say that a year has passed and all the characters are getting into place for the epic conclusion. The character growth in these books are amazing. They are the same people but they really feel like they’ve matured naturally. They are more serious understandably, and what they’ve gone through has obviously affected them.

Caeden especially is brilliantly done in that he truly now feels like a blend of characters which is as it should be. I loved that in his talk with Alaris that they say they are jealous of his friendship with Davian etc as it makes total sense in the context of what they’ve gone through in their many years together. Half the POV from Caeden in the main story is his regrets about what has to be done.

I read that the author regrets pigeon holing himself at the start by calling this a trilogy and it is obvious to see. There is a whole storyline that had to be excised which he explains in the after note. I think I mentioned it in the second book, and it kind of applies here too, that the story does feel rushed even though these are all mammoth books. Another book, or even two, could have let the character’s breathe a little more and probably allowed more time to explore the wonderful world that he created. It’s not usual that I think more is needed in a series as the fantasy genre tends to lean towards bloat but here I actually think it was required. It’s still a brilliant series, especially for a debut, but I have a nagging feeling it could have been even better.

This series had everything I love in an epic fantasy series and I am very much looking forward to reading more from this author.

5 stars

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