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Publisher's Summary

The stories of the Elder Empire are told in a unique way.  

If you’ve already listened to the other companion novels in the Elder Empire, then you know how this works. If not, you may wish to seek out those books for an explanation of how these parallel stories interact. Once you’re ready to proceed, here’s a glimpse of the road ahead....

Calder has been declared Imperial Steward, the official successor to the Emperor. He leads the Empire from the throne, just as he has always wanted.  

In their tombs, the Great Elders stir.  

The crack in the sky becomes more alarming by the day, so Calder and his loyal Imperialist Guilds seek a truce with their Independent opponents.  

Both sides know the Elders are the true enemy, but that does not make peace easy. Blood has been spilled already, trust is hard to come by, and the Guild Heads under Calder see him as little more than a figurehead.  

For civilization to survive, Calder must take the lead and prove himself to allies and enemies alike.  

But he is faced with an ancient Guild of spies and assassins led by the one woman who most wants him dead: Shera of the Gardeners.  

In the shadows, a woman plots to prolong a war. On the seas, a man works to end it.

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  • Kaleb411
  • 18-08-2020

Spectacular Vision, annoying execution

I can now say that I have read every will wight novel published this far, and his vision for this multiverse is really cool. That said, I think the experiment in the elder empire series was a mistake. while the world is fascinating, the plot and characters were a bit of a stretch for me, while the overlapping nature of the stories made many pivotal and interesting scenes in one trilogy boring and predictable in the next. rach series began as a kind of adventure story, about a swashbuckling sea captain and an assassin, these were stories I think worked very well, but as the characters were pulled into the political sphere of their world their actions and choices began to feel less justified. they seemed, for example, to care whether the common people followed the new emperor even though, from the audience's perspective, they contributed almost nothing to either the power of the emperor or the guilds. there was a guild war, but very little talk about what guilds wanted out of the whole deal outside of money, ora new Emperor. even the regents, who should have been major political pieces for every guild, were little more than particularly powerful warriors by the end of the books. this was a "political" story told the way you might tell an adventure story. less game of thrones and more full metal alchemist, if that makes sense. the political organization of the world lacked depth, mostly because there was little exploration of what any guild used to get, or to stay, in power, and while that has worked fine in Cradle, where power belonged to the most advanced sacred artist, so that all they needed to do to stay in power was flex their godlike powers, a world of guilds needed a more complex interplay of selfish and selfless motivations. the emperor is dead, every guild now has an opportunity, but also a risk, and the elders are coming. it would have been cool to see that.
the design of this series was its second, and far bigger flaw. shares side of the story was interesting, but not as good as cradle for the reasons mentioned above. (a high bar to hit). I've seen book series like this that explore events from another perspective, and I already know that two thirds of the book will be very boring, because I already know what happens. basically the only reason I read this is because will teased Ozriel and I had to hear more about that. having read it, I can say that I would have missed out on a very compelling story about calder and his wife, but because of the number of chapters I kept skipping through, I think this series would have been better served in a single "epic fantasy" multiple POV style like Sanderson or peter F Hamilton, than as two series about the same events.
all of that said, I did enjoy the series, both of them, and I loved the eldritch horror treatment of this part of the growing "cradle" multiverse. it was really quite fun, even as I skipped chapters. I dont regret buying or reading them at all, and cant wait for the next installment in calder's adventure, (though I'm way more excited about wintersteel) I just hope we get a more, normal, series out of the deal this time instead of this kind of dual series again. No matter how many authors do it, it just really doesnt work for me if I already know the ending.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-12-2020

Dear mr. Wight

Please write more... I don’t care if it’s about picking lint out of your bellybutton or whatever it will probably still be awesome. I never thought I’d read someone who could compete with Brandon Sanderson but I was very very wrong. Thanks for sharing your imagination with the rest of us and taking our money. Don’t shut up and do take my money.

Ps Yay Ozrielle

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  • Derek
  • 13-09-2021

best of the 3

this was the best of the 3 books. if you compare this to cradle you will be disappointed. this is a good story but not the best from Will.
I love the narration. Travis does a great work. he is one of my favorite narrators.

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  • Christopher K.
  • 15-09-2021

Great Series

Will Wight is a master storyteller. In a world that doesn’t understand itself he brings reality in the form of fantasy. The strength of the moral tales he tells are among the best on the market today.
Excellent narration

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  • spencer
  • 21-08-2021

great final installment

reallynloves this book and series. cant wait for will to pick up this series again loved the ending

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  • Jane V. Blanchard
  • 03-07-2021

Interesting resolution to Elder Empire Series.

How Calder resolves the crack in the sky and fights the enemies is interesting. Of course, Travis Baldree is a great narrator.

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  • Jake
  • 03-07-2021

wonderful!

loved it......lol.....kinda wonder if W. Wight went through a nasty divorce before writing this. anyway just like the Cradle series this one is a keeper

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  • Rick
  • 02-07-2021

Great Story

I loved this trilogy (both trilogies actually), and I especially enjoyed how Will Wight concluded his story.

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  • Micah
  • 13-05-2021

I got one thing to say.

Will Wight is freaking amazing. I am super picky about Anime that I like. When I find one I love it. WHEN I find one. It's hard though. Will writes these amazing books.... That are like the greatest Anime. That's the main thing to come to mind when thinking about his books. And Travis Baldree... He is perfect. thank you Will and Travis.

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  • Jack D Kendall
  • 11-02-2021

Fantastic ending to the series!

Not going to say too much. If you're looking at reviews here, well, go read the first book :) Just know, the last book is outstanding!

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