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The Undying Legion Crown Key #2Random HousePublishing Date June 2015ISBN 9780345540485 Genre FantasyRating 245Publisher Description 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 oetry of William Blake One thing is clear Some very otent black magic is at workReview This follows uickly in the foot Dark Alchemy (Dark Alchemy, prints of The Shadow Revolution with the same cast of main characters Kate is an even insufferable character what with herrudish and headstrong demeanor coupled to a sandpaper like ersonality Simon is his usual unflappable self courting a dismal skirt when he could have anyone Malcolm is back with his scathing attitude yet you can t blame him for not liking Simon and Kate as they both have big sticks up their arses This installment heads down the macabre road of graphic skinning rituals and blood soaked altars A direct departure from the created Homunculus and Werewolves that terrorized kittens in the first novel The fight scenes are once again unbelievable As the first scene unfolds Super Kate and Penny Dreadful take out 8 Werewolves in a dark cemetery with nothing but a gun some alchemical vials and their witty charm Yawn The fight scenes do not lay out in cogent fashion as to be taken with any seriousness The timing and Die fremde Stadt: Breslau nach 1945 positions of thelayers just doesn t make any sense as to the scripted outcomes Penny is a great addition to the team as she not only rovides relief from the relentlessly frenetic mind of Kate doody but claims an important role in the supply of interesting mechanics More of the steampunk side of this fantasy relic I still found myself reading this all the way through without skipping ages which says something good about the technical side of the writing Additionally the fight scenes The Dreamer Wakes (The Story of the Stone packed a littleunch than in the first novel with a compacted design So why a lower score than in the first novel I just got tired of the same old high brow buffoonery exhibited between Kate and Simon They never change Gold sovereigns tapping canes wild auburn hair clenched teeth The Anstruther Family dun dun dun and Kate s constantly churning stomach over Imogen really wore thin The slow budding love affair between these two asshats will waste your reading time as well A good read with Rivers Last Longer practiced ambivalence After reading book one it was no contest that I would be continuing with this trilogy Simon the magician Kate the alchemist Malcolm the hunter Penny the inventor Charlotte the werewolf and a few others make up a team of heroes determined to keep the true monsters at bay androtecting the human world from great evil I love the setting and tone of the series which is a blend of Victorian Steampunk and Paranormal along with a strong does of gritty action and intense intrigueSimon and his team survived the last group of big baddies looking to use magical artifacts for ower and now they seek to discover the secrets of the key that his father and Kate s father invented and imbued to be something owerful Kate is also working feverishly to find a way to help Charlotte tame her werewolf nature and help restore Imogene to human Meanwhile Malcolm returns to the dark shadows of London The Eat-Clean Diet Cookbook: Great-Tasting Recipes that Keep You Lean! pursuing the remaining groups of rabid werewolves that arereying on eopleBut they all end up coming together when young girls are found slaughtered on ritual altars and the dead are rising They follow the clues to that show that someone is interested in unlocking a long dead owerful magician s binding spell and lans to remake the world based on the rophesies of a The Wedding Redux pastoet and seer Somehow Egyptian gods magic and artifacts are involved They discover that those Rolling Thunder plotting these things wield a vast deal ofower and seem unstoppable But to stop the ritual killings and Ye Castle Stinketh: Could You Survive Living in a Castle? prevent even biggerroblems they somehow must find a wayThis book was a refreshing middle book of the series which really should be read in order It is a transition book for sure but it didn t display many of the typical weaknesses that a reader has to ut up with when it comes to the bridge book It didn t lag it didn t have unnecessary angst and it had its own exciting story arc while still driving hard through the series story arc Relationships and loyalty strengthen and realign in this one The team becomes a family as they face hardship togetherThe situations are dire and the enemies are owerful and challenging I enjoyed that I couldn t guess accurately what would happen next and I really had no idea how they would come through this one intact The sacrifices the team made were huge and I am fretful as to how Simon will cope with his new situation considering there is so much to comeI enjoyed that right along side the thrilling action was the continuing character and relationship development I loved how the team dynamics worked and that each main team member got narration time Malcolm struggles with being a team Bootie and the Beast player as well as figuring out who the real monsters are as he fights is long heldrejudices Kate battles her feelings of guilt and inadeuacy when it comes to healing her sister and Charlotte and living in her famous father s shadow Simon works through similar issues though the conflict in his life tends to be external until near the end even as he works to be a good leader and hold his rag tag team together Penny and Charlotte are bright spots and infuse light and humor to the situation Penny is a crafty and brilliant inventor and I love seeing how something she made will end up saving the day Charlotte really came through for the group again and again I loved seeing her sweet nature change Malcolm s heart and how she knew how to really ush his buttonsThere is some little romance in the air even if it isn t the main element in these stories It s barely there in "a hysical sense so don t grab this one if you want a strong dose "physical sense so don t grab this one if you want a strong dose assion and hysical romance There is Kate and Simon of course but there are a couple The Art of Mary Beth Edelson possibilities for the othersThe world building was superb just as with the first book I loved how the Egyptian elements wove in well and kept things interestingNow I am glad to have the next installment locked and loaded so I can get on with the grand finaleTo sum up this is one excitingaranormal steampunk adventure and I am thrilled to be along for the ride I can heartily recommend this bookseries to those who enjoy blending these genres The Undying Legion Crown Key 2 by Clay and Susan

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2015 Del RayStars Review osted at Slapdash SundryIn exchange for an unbiased and honest review Netgalley gave me this ARC Thanks NetgalleyIt took me a while to get into this one Not because of the book itself but because for a week or so I was in a serious reading slump I just had no motivation to read or. A thrilling new Victorian era urban fantasy for fans of Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles the Showtime series Penny Dreadful and the Sherlock Holmes movies featuring Robert Downey Jr   With a flood of dark magic about to engulf Victorian London can a handful of heroes vanuish 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 magici. ,

Do much of anything else I icked this one back up yesterday after the off and on a bit here and a bit there reading for a week or two and tore into itThese books are just ure unadulterated fun I mean seriously the Skin of Ra in this one So creativeI don t want to give too much away so I ll stop before I get too wordy but the magic the villains the fun steampunk even the slightly clichedtrope characters are just loads and loads of entertainment Demons demi gods warring sorcerers and conspiracies abound in the second book of this series Events turn darker as Simon and Kate decides to investigate suspicious murders For those who have not read the first book do not None Like Him: 10 Ways God Is Different from Us (and Why That's a Good Thing) past go This is not a standalone Understanding ofrevious events will help to make this book easier to followAgainst Nick s advice this Victorian Scooby Gang decide to figure out why women are being killed in key churches More importantly why are the dead rising Malcolm the monster hunter struggles with his own demons as he is not in favour of the latest addition to this motley crew The only good werewolf is a dead werewolf It doesn t matter that said werewolf is a thirteen year old girl who doesn t want to change Or that she s adorable and Puta pitiful at the same time When she changes she is an uncontrollable beast bent on destruction Of course this is what helps the team of monster fighters when they need it mostThis story islot driven and I really enjoyed it It kept me guessing The red herrings are cleverly done and the ending is a surprise I like being surprised Duo authors Griffith create a mystical world filled with intrigue secrets and danger Not knowing who is on the side of right is a 伝説の勇者の伝説 5 出来心の後始末 problem Then again right is all a matter oferspectiveThis story is well written with good character development The reader learns about each of these characters and how their Killer Games pasts tie them together There are still untold secrets which will keep a reader wanting The ending of this story leaves another slick hookulling the reader deeper into this series As soon as I finished this book I wanted to read the next one What I really liked about this book is how visually leasing it is It s not the cover which I m talking about The scenes in these books are well written and easy to see The book does lay like a movie in my mind The characters are easy to visualize The laces are memorable Even the scene where Kate is about to be ainted is crystal clear This is impressive and I can see this series being turned into a movie trilogy I d watch it Recommended for urban fantasy lovers who enjoy many events going on at the same time to keep a reader guessing Cocksure provided by NetGalley Five unlikely heroes band together to save Victorian London from the clutches of the demonic dead risking life and limb while battling forces far darker andowerful than they have ever seen Grab your umbrella we are off to London in a supernatural Sherlock Holmes type mystery filled with dark magic steampunk gadgets and even a sweet young girl who becomes a fierce werewolfRitualistic sacrifices are being made in London churches gruesome gory and clearly Beyond the Cliffs of Kerry (Bold Women of the 18th Century, part of ancient black magic but who is behind this What is theurpose and why are there Egyptian hieroglyphics on the victims foreheads Is this a summoning of evil Join Malcolm the monster hunter Simon the magician scribe and Kate the brave and brilliant alchemist as they join forces with the ueen of gadgets Penny and sweet young Charlotte who is a force to be reckoned with as a werewolfDo you like the feel and atmosphere of steampunk or witty banter among characters How about characters who share the limelight as heroes when the chips are down Do you like sifting through clues formulating ideas and coming up with the impossible Porto Bello Gold plan that just might work How about an eleventh hour battle where the winner takes all Authors Clay Griffith and Susan Griffith haveut uill to aper and created another riveting and entertaining trip back in time with The Undying Legion book two of the Crown Key series The atmosphere of London back in the day feels right one might expect Mr Holmes hi When you love a first book in a series as much as I loved Shadow Revolution it is with some trepidation that you open up book two Not because you don t want to read it but rather you "Don T Want Anything To "t want anything to book one the book you love to not be as great as you remember it They say the second book in a series sometimes can make or break it You know the dreaded second book or middle book syndrome The ones that sometimes have too much info dump not enough action and drag so very much that you almost regret even starting the series to begin withThose are the reasons why most of us dread opening that second book when the first one was so great Will it live up to its redecessor or am I going to regret this later onThankfully I had 4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum as fun and entertaining as the first book Going back to earlier this summer here were some of the words I used in my review of The Shadow Revolution book one of Clay and Susan Griffith s new Crown Key trilogy feisty ass kicking fast The Three Lives of Sonata James pacedulpish and adventurous the Mein Erster Mörder perfect beach read Now I mleased to report its seuel roved just as satisfying especially since we know what we re getting into and are acuainted with our main charactersThe Undying Legion is the second installment of the trilogy but instead of hitting the middle book slump this book really takes off and hits the ground running Simon Archer Kate Anstruther and Malcom MacFarlane are back on the hunt for monsters and other things that go bump in the night and true to form we kick off this story with a grisly discovery While on one of his nighttime atrols Malcolm comes across the mutilated body of a woman in a London church Based on evidence at the scene signs of black magic cryptic words carved in stone mysterious Egyptian hieroglyphics carved into the victim s exposed heart Malcolm Simon and Kate determine this to be a ritual murderHowever this just turns out to be the first of many gruesome ritualized killings around the city We follow our heroes as they join forces with a uirky gadgeteer and a young werewolf to solve these mysteries creating an unlikely alliance to battle demons Egyptian mummies necromancers and hordes of zombies Let s just say The Undying Legion sure lives up to its titleI ended up enjoying this book even than its Kaki vojaki: roman v rimah in slikah predecessor mainly due to the improvements in a couple of areas I felt were lacking in The Shadow Revolution While I love the fastaced action and age turning enthusiasm of opcorn reads such as this let s face it these kinds of and age turning enthusiasm of opcorn reads such as this let s face it these kinds of don t often leave much room for fully fleshed character development or robust world building This was the key weakness of the first book Still I understood the reason for the trade off and had hoped to see the authors go beyond the surface level details in this seuel to expand upon the characters and the worldThis was the real test for me and happily The Undying Legion a. An 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 oetry of William Blake One thing is clear Some very otent black magic is at work   But this human sacrifice is only the first in a series of ritualized slayings Desperate to save lives. ,
Ssed with flying colors It s often expected of a seuel to build upon its Worlds Beyond The Poles preceding volumes and this one carried that responsibility well giving us a intimate look into the lives of Simon Kate and Malcolm as well as rendering their world into a fully realized setting I felt like I was given a lot reasons to care about the characters especially as their relationships strengthened and grew complex Likewise I could appreciate the clever and snappy dialogue from before but knowing the history behind all the relationships now many of the interactions started taking on a deeper significance Supporting characters aren t left out either and I was very happy that Penny Carter the adorable inventress as well as Charlotte the child werewolf both got bigger rolesTheacing in this book was also far less chaotic allowing opportunities to develop the story and explore its overall arc The Undying Legion resents a new adventure but rest assured the uestions raised in the first book about Kate and Simon s connection and the mysterious key won t be forgotten Throughout it all the lot maintained its rigorous momentum so effectively that even now it s a wonder to me how this book managed to accomplish all that it did in a little over 300 agesFinal verdict I once said this series is like the euivalent of an explosive summer action blockbuster if movies like that existed back in the Victorian era and I stand by that The Undying Legion doesn t add much to the first book in terms of its light ulpy tones and monster hunting themes but it s still a deeper experience for all that because of how much we re invested at this Monster der Woche point I m looking forward to check out what I believe will be Kate Simon and Malcolm s biggest adventure yet in the series conclusion The Conuering Dark Five reasons to grab your earbuds and solve the ritualistic murders in Undying Legion Malcom MacFarlane is concerned about a series of gruesome murders in a London church and seeks the help of Simon Archer a magician scribe and those of Kate Anstruther a skilled alchemist The macabre scene reveal ritual murders and ancient hieroglyphics etched into the victim s hearts Once again the authors take us down a dark rabbit hole in search of someone wielding dark magic with aenance for Fragen Und Wege Zur Rechtseinheit in Deutschland poetry by William Blake These murders are just the first in a string of ritualized killings and Simon and Kate will need the help of their friends The tale that unfolds has everything from gadgets to time travel The characters in this series continue to impress and I have such a good time with them We have Simon Kate Malcom who hunts monsters and Penny who can create anything Her gadgets and weaponry are badass Charlotte a young werewolf who helps them track a necromancer and struggles controlling her beast creates a little tension within the group At times the characters can be a little clich but between their interaction and the Griffin s touches I love this motely investigative team They click and felt genuine In Undying Legion the mystery behind these murders could wipe out London and it becomes a race against the clock to stop a monster The authors weaved Egyptian history demi gods and myth into the tale magically creating suspense danger and intense action scenes It has a dark vibe and can sometimes be grotesue but I appreciated the details The tale islot driven and therefore I cannot recommend readinglistening to the novels in this series out of order Bonds are created with the characters and little time is spent endearing you to them as we move at a fast ace with clever red herrings and unexpected twists The ending has me eager to listen to the next novel I am so glad these are releasing so close together The world and the vivid way in which the authors bring it to life is one of my favorite aspects of this series I can see the monsters gadgets and even the look on Malcom s face when a young woman exasperates him Audio rovided by ublisher This review
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originally osted on Caffeinated Reviewer Ritual sacrifices are laguing the London churches with remnants of ancient hieroglyphics and battles of long ago coming back to life laying out in the city streets Can Malcolm monster hunter Kate genius and alchemist and her sister Simon magician scribe Penny gadget wizard and Charlotte young werewolf unravel the mystery before all of England becomes a wasteland from an apocalyptic causing warWitty banter and unlikely heroes that are fabulously uniue and fascinating bring this steampunk story to lifeMagic mayhem and myths collide in this highly ingenious Victorian steampunk adventure You ever read a story and think how did someone come up with this Well The Undying Legion is just such a tale The writing team of Clay and Susan Griffith are true visionaries in the steampunk genre Their imagination taking us to a Kluge place beyond anything you ve ever contemplatedI received this ARC copy of The Undying Legion from Random House Publishing Group Del Rey Spectra in exchange for a honest review This book is set forublication June 30 2015Written by Clay and Susan GriffithSeries Crown Key Seuence in Series Book 2Page Count 336 Hugh Hefner's Playboy, 6 Volumes (Collectors) pagesPublisher Del Rey Publication Date June 30 2015Rating 4 StarsISBN 10 0345540484ISBN 13 978 0345540485Genre Steampunk Fantasy Barnes NobleFor Reviews and More Check out Magic zombies werewolves godsdemons a touch of steampunk Victorian London Egyptian mythology actionadventure intrigue and a smattering of endearing charactersSimon is a rune tattooed magical scribe alayboy learning to grow up Kate is an alchemist with a family name that garners the respect of the social even if they find her a bit odd She creates wonderful concoctions in vials that help them stay alive while fighting all things evil I love when she grabs her bandoleer of vials The Race for What's Left: The Global Scramble for the World's Last Resources preparing for battle She is also working to help her sister Imogen that was transformed by a madman into something grotesue and mute She keeps herself thickly veiled and timidly begins to interact with those around her Imogen is fighting a battle within herself to accept her outward appearance and find a way to move onast her guilt Penny is the tinkerer in the group Creating fantastical machines and weapons that help them fight the evil of the day Little Charlotte is a bubbly excited tween that happens to be a werewolf She is learning to control her transformation She is fierce and eager to help out the group They try to keep her out of battles but she continues to worm herself into the fray Malcolm is a Scottish hunter of any lurking evil Curmudgeonly but kind he is learning to open his heart to this small band of misfit friends First they "Encounter Zombies But Once They "zombies But once they out hints of what is creating the zombies they find the true evil is much than they bargained for Cue the mummy Cue the feuding gods Cue the cultish masses The characters are becoming multifaceted and evolving within themselves and as a group I can t wait for Thank you Netgalley for a free digital copy in exchange for an honest review. 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 owerful Egyptian mummy and serpentine demons the necromancer roves an elusive uarry And when the true The Journal of Latrobe; Being the Notes and Sketches of an Architect, Naturalist and Traveler in the United States from 1796 to 1820 (Burt Franklin ,) purpose of the ritual is revealed the gifted allies must confront a destructive force that isositively apocalypt. ,