An old darkness has taken over Red London. The Maresh royal family prepare for the worst to guard their kingdom against the unknown invader. Political enemies and allies are formed, and Kell and Lila must join forces with an old enemy to find a way to destroy the new threat. But time is running out, and as the darkness becomes more powerful, Red London’s only defence may not hold for long.
Personal Take: The last instalment of the series is quite an emotional one, and I tried not to reveal too much in the synopsis, as a lot of things happen. The book begins with high stakes, and my nerves were nearly fraught with tension. I have to say, I loved all of the characters, especially the secondary ones. More light is shed on their backstory, and I loved them all. Which was why I was gutted with the payoff each time. The villain, too, was so well crafted. The storylines were well-tied in the end, and Schwab did an amazing job in giving each character the right ending, and not deliver a copout because it was expected.
I cannot wait for the other books to be published about this world, because I still want more.
Audience: Older readers for language.
Other recommendations: I reviewed A Darker Shade of Magic and A Gathering of Shadows. I also reviewed This Savage Song, which is part of the Monsters of Verity series (this is a MUST READ!). Schwab has also written Vicious, The Archived series, and The Near Witch.