Title: The Undying Legion (Crown & Key # 2)
Author: Clay & Susan Griffith
Publisher: Del Rey
Publication Date: 30 June 2015
Genre: Paranormal / UF / Steampunk
Source: Bought Copy
When monster-hunter Malcolm MacFarlane comes across the gruesome
aftermath of a ritual murder in a London church, he enlists the help of
magician-scribe Simon Archer and alchemist extraordinaire Kate
Anstruther. Studying the macabre scene, they struggle to understand
obscure clues in the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics carved into the
victim’s heart—as well as bizarre mystical allusions to the romantic
poetry of William Blake. One thing is clear: Some very potent black
magic is at work.
But this human sacrifice is only the first
in a series of ritualized slayings. Desperate to save lives while there
is still time, Simon, Kate, and Malcolm—along with gadget geek Penny
Carter and Charlotte, an adolescent werewolf—track down a necromancer
who is reanimating the deceased. As the team battles an unrelenting army
of undead, a powerful Egyptian mummy, and serpentine demons, the
necromancer proves an elusive quarry. And when the true purpose of the
ritual is revealed, the gifted allies must confront a destructive force
that is positively apocalyptic.
I enjoyed The Undying Legion better than the first book in the Crown and Key series. Something about the storyline of this one appealed to me more, and I think it helped that the action could kick straight off since the characters had already been established in book one. Plenty of action, a bit of romance, and readable, easy-going prose. I look forward to reading the final book in the series in a couple of weeks' time.