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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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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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  • 01-16-20

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Better editing and two more drafts

This book and series is one of those you want to love. A new world, interesting characters, and of course magic.

If the 3 books were to go through another set of drafts and critical editing to get rid of the cliche's and hyperbole, firm up the evil that they are battling against... it would been well worth the extra work as this book in its current state leaves me no reason or desire to re-read the series.

I love to go back and relive epic fantasy novels, this series unfortunately is a one and done unfortunately.

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  • rib
  • 12-22-19

Just... Wow, incredible.

I read half of the first book a year or two ago and gave up on it. I'm so, so glad that I decided to give this trilogy another chance. This story is right up there with some of the best fantasy I have had the pleasure of ever reading. And I've read a LOT.
James Islington, you should be proud of that and I hope you get the recognition you deserve.

The ending absolutely blew my mind apart and just left me in stunned wonderment. There's not been many books that have done that. In fact this is the first Audible review I'm writing and I have over 200 titles in my collection since I began listening a few years back.

You need to read this story.

And also credit to Michael Kramer on yet another stunning performance. I will never get bored of the sound of your voice.

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  • tim
  • 02-26-20

Wonderful, and a perf performance from Michael.

Loved it! Can get a little confusing at times, but def glad I found these fantastic books.

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  • Jodie
  • 12-17-19

Too much space between maybe???

Loved the first 2 books, complex characters and well written so couldnt wait to get this. Unfortunately it just doesn't do justice to the first 2 at all. Feels drawn out and unnecessarily long, instead of the twists and turns and complex character interactions its almost like the author lost passion or something.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-19-21

Bloody Brilliantly

Absolutely brilliant. One of my favourites definitely. The way everything ties up through time left me a bit slack jawed....I normally see things coming but there were a lot of surprises. Brilliant!!

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  • paulio
  • 10-05-21

loved the series

was hooked from the first chapter of book one and listened to the other 2 back to back. Michael kramer as always delivers a great performance bringing this amazing works to life.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-15-21

Religion much?

Too heavy handed with religion at the end for my taste, but overall an enjoyable read

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  • Jr Perry
  • 09-02-21

A brilliant end to a brilliant trilogy

Fantastically narrated and a truly emotive story. I couldn't stop listening. I would thoroughly recommend this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-16-21

Magnificent

Michael Kramer is my favourite narrator, I found this trilogy after listening to the Wheel of time series and was searching for other books he had narrated.

What a joy this trilogy was, I have thoroughly enjoyed every step in the story. The finale was magnificent. I've not felt this satisfied by an ending in some time. I can't wait to read or listen to more James Islington books.

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  • Chris Black
  • 08-12-21

Wow

I absolutely loved this trilogy and this is an incredible end, I will miss these characters and I really hope they return. Michael Kramer brings so much to this story as always. Brilliant.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-11-21

Excellent, an amazing end to a wonderful trilogy

I found the second book somewhat confusing, with so many names and places that I found it difficult to keep track of who was who. the recap at the start of this book really helped me get everything in order though and I found this last book to be the best of them all.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-09-20

A decent end to the trilogy, but a little rushed.

Overall I really enjoyed this trilogy, but the last quarter of this book was a little disappointing compared to the others and the first 3/4.

It felt rushed and not as well written. I got tired of the phrases "some how ...." and "miraculously ...." constantly being used. It was lazy writing and started to make the suspension of disbelief difficult. If characters "miraculously" survive again and again with no explanation or details, it starts to get tedious and feel like they have plot armour and that the story is contrived.

It also felt like maybe a fair amount of story was cut from this book as characters that hadn't been seen in ages would suddenly show up and conveniently solve problems, or things were mentioned rather than told. I think the last 1/4 was condensed and streamlined, perhaps in order to keep the story pace fast, but I think in the end it was to its detriment.

I also found the ending obvious and the last few chapters was just playing it out for me. Which made it a little biring. Not as strong an ending as it could have been. Though I do still consider it a good ending.

I really enjoyed the rest of the book though.

The narrator was excellent as always.

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  • michael
  • 06-22-20

Wow, what a trilogy!

This book didn't disappoint. It's really rare that a trilogy begins and each book gets better and better. This is an example of just that! Such a clever story with some very deep themes.

I love Michael Kramer as narrator, but James Islington has shown himself to be a genius creator of characters, a world that draws you in and a story that is at once complex, elegant and sublime. Just a great read!

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  • Ian Brook
  • 06-10-20

4.6 star overall

I liked it, ticks all the fantasy boxes. Original, believable heroes, plenty of death, impossible moral dilemmas, monsters, good versus evil, love, and a cool magic system.

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  • Rose
  • 07-31-21

Great ending

Loved the book but I wish I had a book instead of just audio as I felt a bit confused and would have liked to go back and reread bits to help me understand better. However I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • Cwidova
  • 07-14-21

great series

I you are looking for a good series along the lines of mistborn or King killer, definitely listen to licanius series. thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait for James Islington to release his next book.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-24-21

To much Kaden

To much Kaden at the end, what happened to the other characters??

Good series but way to much Kaden

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-08-21

perfect ending

Perfect ending to a great story. I couldn't stop listening fun start to finish. Hoping for more from James

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-18-21

Vast improvement on previous entries

Compared to book 1 which had several issues, this was a satisfying and moving read. Michael Kramer's performance was solid and the story was decent, despite the slow pace of the middle third or so of the book compared to the ending. Credit to James Islington who's writing has improved dramatically as the series went on (characters have more body language than just "nods") and I'm glad I stuck with the series despite the rather lacklustre first book and the complex time jumping narrative of the second.

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  • Kaz
  • 12-08-20

Loved the whole trilogy. Highly recommend.

This was an amazing sweeping saga, actually taking place over only about 10 years, maybe, but in effect over millennia. The ultimate fight of good over evil, but with fantastical magic and creatures alongside a modified mankind. (Modified, as many have access to magic.)

I loved the various foreshadowing which later revealed its purpose at different stages. It wasn't done heavy-handedly, such that you thought "I must remember this seemingly unimportant fact, " rather it was subtle, but obvious enough that you "knew" something when it came time to make sense of a scene.

I listened to the audiobook versions; each of the books in the trilogy being 25+ hours of listening, but I never once thought "get on with it". Quite the opposite, both the author's story and the narrator's voice kept me enthralled throughout. Thank you.

The only thing that slightly bothered me was that many of the names were confusing, often sounding as though they started with the same letter or two ... primarily Al—. But in some ways that also linked the names, so maybe it was intentional on the part of the author.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-30-20

Exceptional plot and story, a definite MUST

One of the best fantasy series I've 'read'. Very well presented, impossible to stop listening