The Light of All That Falls: The Licanius Trilogy, Book 3 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
The journey that began in The Shadow of What Was Lost and continued in An Echo of Things to Come now comes to its spectacular conclusion in The Light of All That Falls, the final chapter of the Licanius Trilogy by acclaimed epic fantasy author James Islington.
After a savage battle, the Boundary is whole again - but it may be too late. Banes now stalk the lands of Andarra, and the Venerate have gathered their armies for a final, crushing blow.
In Ilin Illan, Wirr fights to maintain a precarious alliance between Andarra's factions of power. With dark forces closing in on the capital, if he cannot succeed, the war is lost.
Imprisoned and alone in a strange land, Davian is pitted against the remaining Venerate. As he tries to keep them from undoing Asha's sacrifice, he struggles to come to terms with his own path and all he has learned about Caeden, the friend he chose to set free.
And finally, Caeden is confronted with the reality of a plan laid centuries ago - heartbroken at how it started and devastated by how it must end.
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|Listening Length||30 hours and 39 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||December 10, 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #2,763 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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Reviewed in the United States on October 27, 2021
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This book is on the first side of that divide. It is the chiefest work on that side. It is incomparable in fantasy.
Nevertheless, after just having given *The Burning White* a glowing review and having called it the capstone of a good series - a capstone so well-formed that it turned that good series in to a great series, to quote, 'the best fantasy series published this millennium', a few weeks later it must at least share the throne, if it has not been forced to abdicate.
This tour-de-force trilogy is a series of extended meditations on memory, freedom, determinism, responsibility, personality, philosophy of mind, time travel, contingency and necessity, degeneracy, and true religion, couched in a fantasy of the highest caliber, with unpredictable but never-forced plot twists and character development that rivals a Pynchon, Wolfe, or Bret Easton Ellis and without betraying the slightest hint of propagandistic preachiness. Follow Davian and Caeden, Asha and Wirr and all the ensemble as they learn true honor, true sacrifice, legitimate doubt, unblind faith, zealots both evil and good on both sides of the truth, Solzhenitsyn's line dividing good and evil running through every heart, and the meaning of justification over against rationalization and vice versa.
If you like fantasy, read this. If you can tolerate fantasy, read this. If you can tolerate fiction, read this. This is the Great American Novel of the 21st century in genre clothing.
I see that reviews so far have all given this series 5 stars. I am bemused by this. Firstly, this series has almost every no-no in the writer's handbook: It is filled with flashbacks, which means we already know the outcomes; any number of "Jack the explainers" because most of it doesn't make much sense; so much skipping from character to character we never feel a deep connection or concern of any of them in particular. We are "told rather than shown". He writes pages and pages in italic. And, he starts out with prologues instead of starting the novels where at the beginning. I guess this is because the author does not really understand what purpose a prologue serves if it is necessary at all.
Finally, his plotting is terrible, derived in part from other books he has read--I believe this is unintentional. In other words, he lacks originality. I thought myself in Tad Williams Otherland some of the time, for example.
The Light of All That Falls completes James Islington's debut series I a way I was worried that he could never deliver on. Islington wrote his series with such ambition, such scope, and with intense moral weight that I doubted a satisfactory conclusion could be reached. But he did it anyway. Character arcs with such gravity I have rarely read outside of what is now regarded as the classics. I am not ashamed to say that while reading my throat chocked and my eyes watered; that is how powerful Islington's dialogue, prose, and narrative captivated me. He also writes with respect to the reader, allowing mysteries to develop and leave clues in the writing that while are not bold will allow attentive readers to uncover truths before characters that possess the lack of the reader's insight.
If I must state any negatives for the sake of being honest it would only be a slight distaste for some 11th hours developments that solve problems.
But that ending... I won't even try to capture amazement. Islington has made it almost a staple of the series that the ending provides a mass revalation that changes the entire reading of the series to that point. And for the conclusion to the story, Islington perhaps delivers one his best in the epilogue.
In 2019, the year that brought us many great fantasy; I will remember The Light of All That Falls as my favorite of the year. I eagerly await Mr. Islington's next work and would happily recommend the Licanious Trilogy to all interested in the newest voices in fantasy.
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“Remember that your past does not define you—no matter the consequences,” he said gently. “Choice is meaningless without consequences, and a privilege we do not deserve if we will not face them. You are facing them, Tal’kamar. You have changed.”
I can safely say that the final entry in The Licanius Trilogy is breathtaking and brimming with phenomenal moments throughout. It starts off with a showdown in the prologue and wraps up with one of the finest and perfectly crafted endings that I have read in a long while. One I did not see coming at all but is satisfying and wraps all the loose ends up expertly. There are quieter segments in the beginning-middle stages. All four of the point of view perspectives had a huge number of highlights and they occasionally cross paths. It’s always excellent when the main characters meet up again. Some of these engagements take place unexpectedly and not until much later in this eight-hundred-page door-stopper.
As mentioned, it had been some time since I finished the last book and thought it was a nice addition offered by Islington that he presents a summary of past events. This usefully filled in the slight gaps in my knowledge and potential confusion with character names. Caeden and Davian have always been the characters I have enjoyed following the most especially with their destinies been so closely intertwined.
I believe only two years have passed since we met the ensemble for the first time in The Shadow of What Was Lost. The characters have changed so much and you wouldn’t really recognise the same three students who met at the school for the Gifted. A few of the players are extremely overpowered now – both main and supporting. In addition the magic-schemes and possibilities get much deeper, complex and enhanced throughout the overall narrative. The magic system is one of my favourites from modern fantasy although it’s sometimes confusing and scientific-like within the rules of the crafted world.
Elements included are destiny, knowing your fate, time-travel, a legendary sword, and alternate plains of existence where time doesn’t follow normal rules. It has incredibly well-depicted monstrosities such as the serpent-like Dar’Gaithin and the terrifying Al’Goriat. These often cause havoc and raise a great deal of suspense. It includes a plethora of competing factions, complex and sometimes frosty relationships, and thousands of years of past history. The trilogy also showcases a huge dramatis personae and a unique and detailed glossary of world-specific phrases. This is a useful link regarding the points mentioned above: (here) A version is also included and updated in the novel itself.
There isn’t really much left to say regarding my feelings with this trilogy and the final entry in this series that I haven’t mentioned already. It was an epic, stunning and extremely satisfying finale. The series features some of my favourite modern fantasy characters that I truly cared about and ended up loving. It’s one of my favourite trilogies from the last 5 years and the ending was perfect and completely unpredictable. It is the end of an era and I’m not sure if we will return to see these characters again. Islington does hint in his afterwards that we may return to the world and see the stories of more minor but extremely important players. I can’t wait.
I usually would spend some time writing an in-depth review, however I paid for this book already. So here are my thoughts. Book 1 was amazing. Book 2 was not up to the standard set in book 1, though it was still a good book. Book 3 continues to grow and evolve the characters. It provides a greater depth to the plot, which becomes increasingly more complex. If you've read the first 2 books you're going to read this one, and enjoy it. If you have not, then you should start on book 1.
This book successfully accomplished something that many other series failed in. It ends well, plot threads are tied up satisfyingly, and you are left content in the ending. A great book and a great series, recommended.
Even upon starting this book, book 3, I still wasn't sure exactly who was right and who was wrong. Who would ultimately save the world and who would inadvertently end it, and that wasn't down to poor writing, but because of how well the characters were written and portrayed.
The love between the characters, especially between the Venerate, was a pleasure to read, despite how heartbreaking it was at times. The storyline was complex and gripping and, I'm happy to say, I didn't see the big reveals coming until just pages before they happened which is always a delight in my opinion.
I'll definitely be rereading this series in the future.
First of all and fortunately, its been a while since I read the previous ones but thankfully there is a nice section at the start covering what occurred in the previous books which is always nice to see in these sorts of books.
As for the book itself, I will be honest, it does get some what deep and complex at times so being dedicated rewards you with a fascinating and refreshing magic system in a unique world. So take it slow and easy and enjoy it. The characters themselves have really evolved as people from the prior books that is amazing to see the changes in some of these people from recalling back to the first book.
The overall pacing is done well, but the middle part is somewhat more slower in pace. However it is setting up for a finale and while the "final battle" is so, the way threads are tied up leave a very satisfying conclusion. One of the recent series I can think of where I really liked the way most the threads tied up. With that said there is suspense and twists which you will unlikely see coming, but they all add to the book.
Overall if you enjoyed the previous books, this one is a nice and satisfying conclusion to the series. Unlike other series which diminish at times as the story goes on, this book ends the series on a high note.