The Conquering Dark by Susan and Clay Griffith

Posted August 31, 2015 by Rosette in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

The Conquering Dark by Susan and Clay GriffithThe Conquering Series: Crown & Key
Published by Del Rey on July 28th 2015
Pages: 338
ISBN: 0345540506 (ISBN13: 9780345540508)

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.

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This was the summer of crazy good reads. The Crown & Key series were some of these books. I absolutely love the burst of releases over the summer and I can’t imagine anyone complaining about the lack of wait time one must endure for the next series of the book to come out. In fact I would much rather wait for a series to be completed and have them released the way the Griffiths did over the summer to avoid the awful wait. My husband did that with Vampire Empire and it was torture, because those were exceptionally written 5 star books.

Archer and Company has done it again with this latest edition. These characters  never run out of lovable traits. They are charming and witty even in the face of the most dire of circumstances. They have reached a point in their relationships where they are completely in sync, acting as one unit, knowing what needs to be done even before a word it said.

For some reason, Malcolm continues to be a favorite character. I am really hoping that this series continues, if not, perhaps a break-off into Malcolm’s life and adventure. Charlotte of course would have to be included, since she was my second favorite!


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