The Undying Legion (Crown & Key #2) by Clay & Susan Griffith (review)

June 17, 2015 All Reviews, Fantasy, Historical, Horror, Mystery, Paranormal, Steampunk, Urban Fantasy 0 ★★★★

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 Undying Legion (Crown & Key #2) by Clay & Susan Griffith (review)The Undying Legion: Crown & Key by Clay Griffith, Susan Griffith
Series: Crown & Key #2
Published by Random House Publishing Group on June 30th 2015
Number of Pages: 384
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Historical, Horror, Mystery, Paranormal, Steampunk, Urban
Source: NetGalley
Format: eARC
Purchase: At Amazon

With a flood of dark magic about to engulf Victorian London, can a handful of heroes vanquish a legion of the undead?


When monster-hunter Malcolm MacFarlane comes across the gruesome aftermath of a ritual murder in a London church, he enlists the help of magician-scribe Simon Archer and alchemist extraordinaire Kate Anstruther. Studying the macabre scene, they struggle to understand obscure clues in the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics carved into the victim’s heart—as well as bizarre mystical allusions to the romantic poetry of William Blake. One thing is clear: Some very potent black magic is at work.

But this human sacrifice is only the first in a series of ritualized slayings. Desperate to save lives while there is still time, Simon, Kate, and Malcolm—along with gadget geek Penny Carter and Charlotte, an adolescent werewolf—track down a necromancer who is reanimating the deceased. As the team battles an unrelenting army of undead, a powerful Egyptian mummy, and monstrous serpentine demons, the necromancer proves an elusive quarry. And when the true purpose of the ritual is revealed, the gifted allies must confront a destructive force that is positively apocalyptic.

I was so glad to see Charlotte back in this book! Penny played a larger role than in the first book as well. Simon and Kate are starting to ease into an actual relationship, though that thread was super minor.

There was lots of action and magic, as well as violence and gore, and things turned a bit darker in this story. We got to see lots more of Penny’s nifty mechanical gizmos, and Malcolm grew a lot as a character. I really liked Kate in this, and Simon is still just as funny and quick-witted.

We finally get to know more about the key, and a bit of what it does. We also find out more about the connection between Simon and Kate’s fathers. There are new monsters to fight, as well as new evils.

This book is just as fully rendered as the last one. You feel completely immersed both in the characters, and the world they live in. Everything fits together, and nothing feels like it was just thrown in.

With magic, Egyptian Gods, necromancers, zombies, mystery, and lots of historical touches, if you haven’t read the first book in this series yet, you need to do so!


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