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The Light of All That Falls

The Licanius Trilogy, Book 3
Narrated by: Michael Kramer
Series: The Licanius Trilogy, Book 3
Length: 30 hrs and 39 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (257 ratings)

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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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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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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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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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Satisfaction

This book and its fabulous ending weave in all of the threads of the story to bring it all together in an emotionally satisfying moment of catharsis. So so good. James Islington is a master of world building and storytelling.

Brilliant.

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Riveting

Had Me hooked from the first page truly a masterpiece of a trilogy. Well done James Islington and Thank you.

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A perfect finish to the journey!

Taking us deeper into the world and the characters, book 3 wraps up the trilogy nicely, with plenty of room for imagination and further stories in a rich world of myth and power.

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Wow, just wow

It's 5am and I just finished and I have to say I don't regret staying up all night and the headache I've been pushing through for the past few hours was totally worth it! I feel so deeply attached to the characters and the way everything fell into place in the end was wonderful! I cried sad and happy tears and loved every second of it and was left with a sad but satisfied feeling after finishing. If you've read the first two or even if you haven't then I highly recommend you read/listen to this series!! Also Kramer did it again with his fantastic narration as always. 20/10 would recommend!!

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a very big story

It does all make sense .. eventually it's a huge story with time travel and magic and a very tragic hero. recommended read or listen.
the narrator is damned fine

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trilogy was awesome

I wish he had made it out of 4 or 5 books
I feel the world and story could of been expanded even more.

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o.m.g

that ending! wow. seriously the best written and best narrated series ever. im lost now...what can i listen to that even comes close !

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-01-2020

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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  • TJ
  • 16-01-2020

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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  • Evan Rose
  • 12-12-2019

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-01-2020

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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  • Felicia C.
  • 16-12-2019

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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  • Sean T
  • 13-12-2019

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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  • Bran
  • 19-12-2019

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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  • Reddo
  • 19-12-2019

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-12-2019

Just WOW.... what an intricately woven plot

This book makes the trilogy so so much better. The way the author plays with time is just fantastic. I also love how he does not explain everything in detail but the answer is so evident. A lot of stories I read don't have a very satisfying conclusion. The author ended this perfectly. If you have read books 1 & 2 then you have to pick this one up. if you haven't then go read them and come read this one. the payoff will be that much more satisfying.

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  • Bethany
  • 12-12-2019

super

outstanding reader
outstanding writing
thought provoking

If you like fantasy this is worth your read!


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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-12-2019

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
  • 26-02-2020

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
  • 17-12-2019

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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  • Stuart Kennedy
  • 06-07-2020

Fantastic trilogy but. (Potential spoiler)

I have listened to all three books one after the other and I can emphasis enough how fantastic the story, characters and development was set out. Added by the excellent narration of Michael Kramer.

Now onto the but part.

What happened to Aelric and Dexia? Why the cryptic message from Aelric to Weir prior to him stepping through the portal. Then what happened to the southern houses and the Tol that positioned to break away? Did Niha go and meet Asher? So many questions and much more. Obviously a book can only go so far but I need to ask should this have been setup as a four book series instead of a trilogy.

The questions above are the only downside to this overall story. I hate gap’s but dont let this put you off. It’s an excellent conclusion for the main characters.

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  • Tomas Petrén
  • 01-07-2020

Great finish on a great series.

The third and final instalment in the trilogy certainly delivers, all lingering questions are answered and it left me feeling very satisfied. Extra points for the final chapter, I had tears in my eyes to whole hour of it. (That's a good thing).

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  • Jamillah
  • 29-06-2020

Just the right length

This series was great and this was a nice ending to the story line.
I did find the ending slightly expected but it was well written and performed.

There are a lot of characters to keep up with, and the narrator did a great job of ensuring you know who is who easily but I did have to remind myself every know and then who was who from a story point a view especially as some characters have multiple names!
Overall the trilogy has been really enjoyable and I enjoyed each book.

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  • Haus Frau
  • 19-06-2020

Wow!

I’ve been reading for 60 years and inevitably it becomes harder to read a book that grips you. This series did. Give it a go as you maybe gripped like myself.

Mr Islington, what next? I look forward to another book from you.!

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  • jennifer
  • 19-06-2020

Riveting.

I love this trilogy in spite of the deaths of almost everyone! The story is fast paced leaving no time to get bored however the time travel and individuals who have several names led to some confusion and backtracking on my part.

I feel that there were many unanswrere questions....enough to fit into another book maybe?

I would definitely encourage others to read/listen to this amazing trilogy and I for sure, will be listening to this again.

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  • sean quinn
  • 07-06-2020

absolutely amazing 👏

kramers voice and ability to bring characters to life is truly amazing, I genuinely wanted more.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-05-2020

damn good book

really good story from book 1 to 3 and the ending worked so well. very very happy buy.