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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 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. 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 make 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 predecessor or am I going to regret this later onThankfully I had no cause to be concerned This was fabulous and reminded me all over again why I loved the first book so very much With the steampunkish era action adventure amazing characters not to mention hints of magic and the sup world this truly is a stand out fun series that I just can t seem to get enough of Simon Malcolm Katie Imogen Charlotte Hogarth Penny truly these are some of my favorite characters and my love for all of them grew exponentially throughout this story I couldn t get enough of them I am so very thankfully that I have book three sitting right next to me because I am diving right into it This series has uickly become a favorite of mine and I can t wait to read

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The Undying Legion Crown Key #2

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 serpentine demons the necromancer proves an elusive uarry And when the true purpose of the ritual is revealed the gifted allies must confront a destructive force that is positively apocalypt. 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 a penance for 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 is plot 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 pace 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 provided by publisher This review was originally posted on Caffeinated Book Reviewer

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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. 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 paced pulpish and adventurous the perfect beach read Now I m pleased to report its seuel proved 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 patrols 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 predecessor mainly due to the improvements in a couple of areas I felt were lacking in The Shadow Revolution While I love the fast paced action and page turning enthusiasm of popcorn reads such as this let s face it these kinds of stories 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 passed with flying colors It s often expected of a seuel to build upon its 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 rolesThe pacing in this book was also far less chaotic allowing opportunities to develop the story and explore its overall arc The Undying Legion presents 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 plot 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 pagesFinal 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 pulpy tones and monster hunting themes but it s still a deeper experience for all that because of how much we re invested at this 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


10 thoughts on “The Undying Legion Crown Key #2

  1. says:

    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 paced pulpish and adventurous the perfect beach read Now I’m pleased to

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    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 a playboy learning to grow up Kate is an alchemist with a family name that garners the respect of the social even if they find

  3. says:

    The Undying Legion Crown Key #2 by Clay and Susan GriffithPublished 2015 Del RayStars ★★★★☆Review also posted at Slapdash SundryIn exchange for an unbiased and honest review Netgalley gave me this ARC

  4. says:

    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 make 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

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    Ritual sacrifices are plaguing the London churches with remnants of ancient hieroglyphics and battles of long ago coming back to life; playing 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 E

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    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 kee

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    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 and powerful 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 mad

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    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 murder

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    Random 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 S

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    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 past go This is not a standalone Understanding of previous events will help to make this book easier to foll