The Conquering Dark (Crown & Key #3) by Clay and Susan Griffith (review)

July 15, 2015 All Reviews, Fantasy, Historical, Paranormal, Steampunk, Urban Fantasy 2 ★★★★

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Conquering Dark (Crown & Key #3) by Clay and Susan Griffith (review)The Conquering Dark: Crown & Key by Clay Griffith, Susan Griffith
Series: Crown & Key #3
Published by Random House Publishing Group on July 28th 2015
Number of Pages: 384
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Historical, Paranormal, Steampunk, Urban
Source: NetGalley
Format: eARC
Purchase: At Amazon

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.

I love how Simon realizes he was too used to using his abilities. And how he has to change his fighting style and thoughts now that he can’t lean on the Aether. He still has moments when he tries to use the power of his runes in the midst of battle, and then realizes that he is magicless. It makes him think on his actions a lot more, instead of just leaping into the fight and powerhousing his way through it.

Penny is also a huge part of things again, and I loved the inventions she came up with as well as how she was able to dismantle the machines the bad guys made. The romance was slightly stronger in this than the previous books. But it was still peripheral. Their love was shown through actions more than words or anything else. Simon and Kate finally stop dancing around each other, and Charlotte chimes in teasing Kate about marrying Simon. Even though he hasn’t asked her to marry him.

There was still lots of action and adventure, many fight scenes and gore. It was just as engrossing as the previous two books, and I’m a bit sad that this is the last book in the trilogy. I felt a bit bad for Nick, Imogene grew so much as a character, and while everything was wrapped up by the end of the book, I will be hoping for another book or short story about them all at some point in the future.

If you liked the Sherlock Holmes movies, enjoy action and adventure with your fantasy, and worlds that are highly developed with fully fleshed out believable characters, you need to read this series.


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2 Responses to “The Conquering Dark (Crown & Key #3) by Clay and Susan Griffith (review)”

    • SilvaraWilde

      I know! I was approved for books 2 & 3 at the same time, so I read them back to back. Couldn’t wait to see how it all ended. Once they’re all published, I’m buying copies for my dad. And hey, at least you still have 2 weeks before the third one is out in print? *laughs*

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