James Islington – The Light of All That Falls

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.

Author: James Islington
Narrator: Michael Kramer
Duration: 30 hours 39 minutes
Released: 19 Oct 2012
Publisher: Podium Publishing
Language: English

User Review:

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Look, I get that its 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 its kind of a small thing but seriously is everyone in this story constantly bemused at each other??? Also melange, great word, when its used once. Use it more than once and youve 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. Im not gonna go into details because I dont wanna spoil anything for everyone else. Its 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 lets 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 Ive gotta say there are startling few plot holes throughout this epic. Id recommend it for anyone with a huge love of fantasy and world building and about 90 hours of their life to kill.