Royals of Villain Academy: Books 5-8 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
A brewing magical war. Four impossible loves. Can we conjure a happy ending?
I was starting to think I knew what I was dealing with at the university, best known as Villain Academy. I’d come to believe that by owning my role as the last remaining Bloodstone, I could change this place for the better. Then, a series of shocking revelations turns everything I believed on its head.
The other scions have my back now, with all the trouble that's brought them. How much more will they have to sacrifice before we can find some kind of peace? I'm ready to fight for my newfound life, my family, and the guys I'm falling for...but this battle may bring more casualties than I can bear.
Do I have the defiance in me to overthrow centuries of magical tyranny? Looks like it’s time to find out. Royals of Villain Academy is a university-age paranormal academy series. Expect magical villainy, a tough heroine who bends to no one’s will, a dollop of steam, and a slow-burn enemies-to-lovers romance where the men discover the joys of sharing.
Enjoy more than 30 hours of excitement in one audio box set! This set contains the final four books in the Royals of Villain Academy series: Corrupt Alchemy, Foul Conjuring, Grim Witchery, and Vicious Arts.
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|Listening Length||30 hours and 45 minutes|
|Narrator||Meg Sylvan, Stephen Dexter|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||December 11, 2020|
|Publisher||Ink Spark Press|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #14,957 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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Another fantastic story to continue the series. Rory and her guys all face personal life-altering situations. Will any of these succeed in breaking the scions' fragile relationship(s) apart? Or will the group just grow stronger in their fight against the corrupt pentacle of barons?
I don't want to ruin the story so I am not going to give any details. If you haven't started the series yet you should and if you have been reading along you will on the edge of your comfy chair. The only bad news is that you will have to wait for the next installment to find out the answers to several heart-stopping questions.
Make sure you read all the other books in the series first as they fall in sequence. The line takes up exactly where the last one left off. Connar returns to the academy after supposedly being at a competition for a few days. We all know that his mother picked him up and then wouldn't let him out of the car. When they all go to meet him he immediately goes on the attack against Rory and they know his parents have done something to him, but what?
Rory has her hands full as she works to catch up on the classes she missed while she fought off a murder charge and then went to help rescue her mother. She also has to try to get to know the woman who birthed her, but whom she doesn't even remember. Add on Connar's hostility and a new initiative to frighten the Naries at the school and she would be at her wit's end if she didn't have Jade. Malcolm, and Declan to steady her. As the four grow closer, they also become more determined to break the spell on Connar and fight the current barons who seem to be putting a plan in motion that will change the magic world forever.
Hopefully you have read all the books in the series up to this point so you will know who everyone is and what is going on. This book starts right about where the last one left off . Rory is still trying to get to know her mother and hopes to be able to change her mind about the students at the Academy flaunting their magic and harassing the Nary students. Unfortunately, things are about to get worse instead of better. The Council has decided to extend the area where magic can be openly used to the whole neighboring town. Not only that, but a magical field keeps the townspeople trapped with no communication to the outside world. How are Rory and the guys going to stop this madness?
Of course there are other things going on. The guys are having their own problems with family. One will be attacked and lose his magic. Several will go to the extreme to protect siblings. It is Rory's mother, though, that will finally go off the deep end.
I must say that even this last book leaves you wanting more. It will wrap up all of the evil and leave the love.
Rory and her fellow scions have their work cut out for them as they battle the remaining Barons. They will need all the help they can get to stop the insidious plans and horrible massacres that the present Pentacle is determined to see through. Lives will be lost, and chaos will reign. They have a slim chance of victory and it will take the assistance of the Naries at the school to bring it all to an end.
Start at the beginning and read all the books in the series.
Why? Why did it have to end there? Every book in this series that I’ve read, I’ve always been left with that exact question. Each one has satisfied the need I felt after finishing its predecessor, yet still leaves me wanting more. And this one felt even shorter than the last one. It was like I blinked and I went from the start to halfway through! It’s just not fair. I need more! (of course, all of this is a compliment because it means that it was good and I’m still hooked and not at all bored).
Corrupt Alchemy bring us to book 5 in the series, yet we still don’t have a complete idea of the underlying plot. We know some things (who the enemies are, what their immediate goal is), but there’s still so much we don’t know. Why did they want to control Rory? What is this plan they want to enact? It’s maddening. Each book has a little subplot that brings up closer, but we still don’t know! In this one, it was finding out that Rory’s mother is alive and figuring out a way to rescue her. And that brought us a little closer, because now we know (or think) that this new development could help further the baron’s plans. But we still don’t know what they are! It’s agonising (again, all of this is a complement to the author and this book is just as great as the previous ones and it won’t disappoint you and all that).
I have to say I don’t really care too much for the relationships between the characters. For me personally, they’re kind of boring now that they’re not hating each other. But at least I have the mystery to keep me going! And Deborah! Again, why? Also, Corrupt Alchemy ended in just the wrong place. It wasn’t even a cliffhanger, it was a cliffhanger for the cliffhanger. I want to know what happened to Connor! Why couldn’t we have something? I just can’t even deal right now. Go read it, and then you’ll understand why I’ll be curled up in a corner sobbing and questioning everything until the next book comes out.
So, we’re up to number six! I had so many questions after the last book and I’m happy to say that they’ve all been answered. Foul Conjuring was, once again, more of a filler book, but only because so much happened in the last one and those changes needed to be established properly. Eva Chase did a superb job with that (which is nothing less than I expected and honestly, I don’t even think I need to say it anymore but I will) so, while it was filler-y, it was no less engaging. There was all this tension that wasn’t exactly simmering, more like lying dormant. It was there but only subtly, and was masterfully created in my opinion.
There wasn’t as much action as I would have liked because of the filler stuff though. While I did enjoy the book and was engaged by it, I also didn’t feel the same urgency to finish it as I have for previous books in the series. Which, again, is completely understandable given that it was largely filler content and setting up for the next books, but after all the action in the last one, it was a little disappointing that Foul Conjuring didn’t hold my attention as much as the other books.
For once, however, we didn’t end on a cliff-hanger! I’m still itching to get my hands on the next one, but that’s because we were left with a promise, and I know the next instalment will definitely deliver. Now I just have to wait………………… (cries silently).
First, I’d just like to start by saying that, out of all of them so far, this is probably one of my favourite covers. And as for content – wow. We really are gearing up for the final showdown now. This will probably be a shorter review, because there’s not much I can say that I haven’t said already. Like its predecessors, Grim Witchery was well written and plenty engaging, enough that I absolutely flew through it in one setting. And there was even a little more action in this book, which made it all the more enjoyable.
There were also some surprising new developments that I didn’t see coming at all. I don’t believe that I would have been able to spot signs in previous books had I been informed about them ahead of time, but they aren’t so outlandish that they’re completely outside the realm of possibility either. And then with everything that happened at the end – including that totally mean ending – wow is really the only word to describe it. The equilibrium has once again been disrupted, and with only one more book left to go I can’t even begin to imagine how everything will end. I just hope that the wait for the last book passes quickly.
Well that’s it. It’s officially over. It’s kind of sad to know that, after eight books, we’re leaving these characters behind. Their story’s done. With that being said though, you can at least leave with the knowledge that they got the ending they deserved. Eva Chase has never been one to fall short at the last hurdle, and this time was no different. I’m sad that the series has ended, but at the same time I’m happy, because the ending felt right. It was true to all the themes that preceded the previous books, and it was true to the characters.
The only slight disappointment I felt was that the ultimate climax seemed to be over too quickly. There were multiple conflicts throughout this final book, which I enjoyed, but, because of that, the final one didn’t feel any different. It didn’t have the intense build up to the explosion of a climax, but rather had little ones dispersed throughout. And while I enjoyed the increased action in this one, the lack of a big build up, and the fact that it was over really quickly, meant it didn’t really feel like an ending. This was a conflict that had slowly been brewing for the entire series, so the fact that it was over really quickly felt kind of anticlimactic to me.
So, while I’m sad that it’s over, and would have liked the final conflict to last a bit longer, I was really happy with the events and how it ultimately ended. I guess there’s nothing to do now but wait and see what Eva Chase comes up with next, because from previous experience, I can guarantee that it will have well rounded characters, excellent writing, and a wholly original plot that leaves you wanting more.