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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.

©2019 James Islington (P)2019 Podium Publishing

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Good story, Amazing narration!

This was a good series, overall. He wraps things up and ties things together quite nicely in this book. And, as always, Michael Kramer makes it that much better! I’ve listened to many books read by Michael Kramer and he’s, by far, my favorite!

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One of the best fantasy series at the moment

A world with both breadth and depth, compelling characters across the board, cool magic, a great multi millenia story and an author who isn't afraid to go dangerous places with the characters.

It's hard to end a series in a way that justifies the elements to date but this does a great job, highly recommended.

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My new favorite trilogy

Consistently gripping from begginging to end, and honestly the most loveable characters of all time. I couldn't recommend this trilogy enough, I've already gotten 2 friends to start and they can't put it down!

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Epic!

Extremely well done by both the narrator and the author. I look forward to more by both.

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Incredible.

An exceptional close to an unforgettable set of characters, story and narration. Thank you for this great listening experience.

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So tedious to listen to

This book is a story of many people at different points in time who spend pages and pages discussing the motivation of other characters in the past or future instead of actually doing anything themselves. Then you jump in time to other characters doing the same damn thing which is to say doing very little but wondering why everyone else behaved the way they did or is going to behave in the future.

In between the “action” are long explanations about how the magic works in this place. Holy cow get on with the story.

I listen to books in the car and this nearly put me to sleep several times. I really had a hard time rating this because of all the high ratings from others but honestly this series is overrated.

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A fitting finale

This has been the greatest story I’ve ever heard, I’m so impressed by the level of story telling. I had high hopes going into this book and I was not disappointed James Islington deserves much praise for his epic tale

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Great Series

When I bought these books I didn’t really know what to expect. I thought I’d get classic fantasy tropes. James Islington surprised me though with a different take in the good vs evil and young wizards who save the world plot lines. He mixed it up and created a really cool magic system with great world building. I would definitely recommend this series.

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excellent

loved this book! another amazing book by Islington! you will not regret continuing this series to completion!

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Good books, but not amazing

I did enjoy these books, a good story, some touching tragedy and some solid characters even if their love stories were simple. I think the magic system was quite compelling, and I liked how it all tied together in good time and in the end.
To be completely honest though there was quite a lot of drolling parts in the books. Lot of characters just discussing each other constantly, and some parts that I felt just took a lot longer than needed. I had to go back many times to listen to parts of chapters again because I kept losing focus. There's a lot of confusing names and double names for things, I had to go back and reference the fan-wikipedia page often cause I didn't know where a character was or who they were talking to. It could be due to losing focus here and there though.
I would still recommend the books to anyone into fantasy though. Despite some of its flaws it really is worth a listen!

Michal Kramer did great. My only "irk" with his narration was that Taeris suddenly had a different voice half way through the books! Going from a gruff man to an old man out of nowhere haha.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-01-12

Very bemused...

Look, I get that it’s difficult to build a world this huge, and James Islington does a pretty good job all said and done. I mean I listened to all three of these books and this review is really for the entire series. Here are my main qualms about this trilogy. One, the dude reuses words to the point that it takes me out of the story. Specifically his use and misuse of the word bemused. I know it’s kind of a small thing but seriously is everyone in this story constantly bemused at each other??? Also melange, great word, when it’s used once. Use it more than once and you’ve just reminded me how much I love the dune series and how my time might be better spent in that world. My second big issue is the use of Mcguffins, I mean come on, every single impossible challenge is almost always met with a new magic ability or Vessel. I’m not gonna go into details because I don’t wanna spoil anything for everyone else. It’s just a bit of a downer when every seemingly impossible obstacle is almost always solved with a new thing, or they have to get the “thing” to be able to make this other “thing” happen. It takes away from the story and let’s the characters off the hook more often than not. Finally my last gripe, if your going to make an ending so obvious, maybe the epilogue is unnecessary? Maybe, working that ending into the climax instead of using it for your entire falling action is a bit more cogent? That said, the world system works pretty well and I’ve gotta say there are startling few plot holes throughout this epic. I’d recommend it for anyone with a huge love of fantasy and world building and about 90 hours of their life to kill.

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  • TJ
  • 2020-01-16

Ummm...

So, I'm kind of surprised by all of the positive reviews, honestly... Not only did the author continue to put the protagonists through horrible garbage, even to the very end, but there were so SO many questions left unanswered that it boggles the mind to try and understand just how he could have thought this story was primed enough for its conclusion; Questions that I doubt could be answered in a side novel, or the like. I just don't get it... And here, I had such high hopes for the final installment of the series.

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  • Evan Rose
  • 2019-12-12

A Trumpth

I am worried that if I express my true praise for this book it would come off as hyperbolic and excessive. And on the other hand, I don't think I could even put into words how much I was captivated by the final book in an fantasy worthy of the term "epic".

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.

I don't think that Michael Kramer is possible of having a bad performance and his work elevates the text. He captures the emotion and soul of the characters.

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 revelation 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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  • TxNatureLvr
  • 2020-01-11

Disappointed

This series was very difficult to follow. I enjoyed the writing but the story had too much going on. One huge issue I had with the story is that it felt like the characters aged too quickly. I'm still not sure how old they were supposed to be but they seemed to be children in the beginning of the series and older adults at the end.

The ending was predictable. I almost never get it right because I'm not a great storyteller so I was surprised at how easily I figured it out. There was no twists or turns. No surprises at all.

I'm not sure I'd recommend this book. It's worth reading if you like time travel fantasy religious books. The story, although confusing, isn't bad and has some original magical elements.

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  • Felicia C.
  • 2019-12-16

Mind Blowing!!!

For such a complex and detailed series to come to an end, I was worried.

I was worried about how on earth it all would come down to a happy, fulfilling ending, without falling short of several unanswered questions or setting straight a great deal of confusion.

I worried needlessly.

This book flowed so neatly and precise into the first two for an ending that -I can not say enough- was absolutely perfect!

This story flowed so perfectly into an ending that I should have seen coming, but for the life of me, never fathomed.

Bravo, Mr. Islington, this series is a MUST READ for any fantasy lover out there and reaches to the top alongside Sanderson, Rothfuss, Lynch, and Jordan as one of the best series that I have ever read.

Mr. Kramer, you blew this book out of the water with your narration. The ups and downs of the emotion that you gave each character was heartwrenching. I can't help but think that you had to come down a little after dedicating so much talent to narrate this story. Thank you, sir, for bringing this tale alive for me.

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  • Sean T
  • 2019-12-13

Very good

Very good. Worth the wait. Was looking forward to this one for a long time and was not disappointed.



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  • Bran
  • 2019-12-19

The best time travel story of all time - essentially flawless

Most stories involving any time travel stuffer from logical inconsistencies because their authors cannot accept inevitability— their arrogance causes them to commit atrocities (usually by creating a horrible story rather than releasing the dark lands on world). The fact the characters struggles with fate vs. free will with the reader is what makes The Light of All That Falls so good!

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  • Richard
  • 2020-02-13

Too confusing to continue

The first two books were confusing, but I was able to follow fairly well. Now that I started this third book, I'm realizing I don't remember enough of the first two to make much sense of what's happened/happening....and that's WITH a quick synopsis at the beginning of the book to try to catch you up w/ where the story stands. I don't have the desire to re-listen to the other two books and the 50+ hours that go along w/ that...the story's just not worth it to me.
I'm going to return this unfortunately. Too many characters with many names, too much complex politics, not enough to make me want to sort it all out.

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  • Jhargus
  • 2020-01-29

Amazing, a new benchmark for greatness

I'm not sure how I can convey my thoughts on this book and the entire trilogy. To say it is my favorite series would be an understatement (and I have read or listened to hundreds of books over the years). I remember seeing some promos comparing book 1 to the Wheel of Time...having read that entire series, I can say that Wheel of Time is a pale comparison to Licanius in terms of depth, story telling, pacing and even world building.

Licanius deals with some deeper subjects such as: choice and free will, good vs. evil, inevitability, what makes someone who they are (their memories?), sacrifice and redemption. It also, interestingly enough makes some great theological arguments and touches on theological arguments in an interesting and relevant way. As someone who has always hated the anti-hero/flawed hero characters and motifs, I feel that Tal'Kamar has filled that role in a way that makes it compelling and interesting. He recognizes himself for what he is, he hates his flaws but struggles to be better despite his selfishness and his excuses. There are moments when you forget how flawed he is and moments where you truly feel sorry for him.

I also enjoy the fact that the story isn't spoon fed to the reader. The author assumes at times you are smart enough to put things together. Some things are left out (like the fate of Cyr) and others seem to be left open to allow for speculation (Davian's victory in the arena). I have read some reviews where readers have struggled with this. I think it's ok to miss some things, some things may be explained in a later book. I like a certain amount of mystery, it makes talking about the books more engaging.

I can not recommend this series enough, it has been fantastic from start to finish. It sets a new standard for the genre and a new benchmark for how good a series can be.

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  • Reddo
  • 2019-12-19

Flawless conclusion

Hands down one of the greatest fantasy books of all time. Every single moment is keyed to resolve into one of the most satisfying experiences you could ever have.

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