Tuesday 21 July 2015

Book Review: The Undying Legion (Crown and Key # 2) by Clay & Susan Griffith

Title: The Undying Legion (Crown & Key # 2)  
Author: Clay & Susan Griffith  
Publisher: Del Rey  
Publication Date: 30 June 2015  
Pages: 316  
Format: Paperback  
Genre: Paranormal / UF / Steampunk  
Source: Bought Copy

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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.

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