TITLE: The End of Dreams
BY: Marcus Lee
SERIES: The Gifted and the Cursed #3
GENRES: Dark Fantasy, Low Fantasy, Epic Romance
PUBLICATION: January 22nd 2021
CW: Frequent violence, Mild infrequent profanity
I loved the first two books in this series so when I was invited to be part of this blog tour, I said yes right away. Really thankful to Storytellers on Tour and of course, the author, for including me in this tour.
As Daleth the Witch-King and his horde ready themselves for the final battle, a small alliance prepares for a desperate last stand.
However, the alliance is weak and fractured, led by a king interested only in retaining his wealth and a lord commander consumed by his thirst for revenge. With a seemingly unbeatable army before them, invisible foes amongst them, and broken hearts between them, the alliance appears destined to fall.
Yet in these dark times, her light almost extinguished, a peasant huntress is soon to be queen. But if she can find what was lost, she might prove to be more powerful than two kings combined. This war will bring about the end of dreams, but for whom, the gods have yet to decide.
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Oh my God, what an ending!!! I’m blown away.
I’m a lover of epic/high fantasy but it’s a genre I rarely read because I feel like I need a long period of time and a heck of concentration to read them but with this series, reading them is so easy because all books in this series is a page-turner. Or should I say, screen-turner? I mean I read an e-copy so…LOL.
Anyway, this is the final installment in The Gifted and the Cursed trilogy and I’m a bit sad to say goodbye to the characters but I’m also really glad for what the series was, especially this last book. The End of Dreams picks up right where book 2 ended. In short it’s the kind of beginning where everything seems hopeless but this book is far from hopeless. Here’s the thing, I think most readers are more familiar with the middle book syndrome being a filler but not many realize that third books or final books in series can also have issues with being a filler, especially in this genre where it’s going to end with a great war. Things can get boring while the main characters ready for the final battle, which usually last till the third quarter of the book. But that’s not the case in The End of Dreams. I didn’t find any part of this book boring.
I felt the tension builds till it became too much and finally everything clashes on the pages. The final battles are definitely amazing and very well-written. It was so satisfying. Seeing (reading) it unfolds was an awesome experience. But even the little battles that leads to the final war, and even those battles within the war, were so well-written that they were so realistic and I felt like I was watching them happen rather than just reading. Like I said, what an awesome experience.
I also love the ending that the author gave to each of his characters. Of course not all of them had an amazing ending but duh, that’s expected. But I think it’s the ending that they deserve (goodbye Tristan and Daleth). In book 2, I said the characters, the main ones and the new ones were all fleshed out. I wasn’t expecting that the characters have still more to give in book 3.Book 3 is usually about the plot while the characters act according to their well-established characterization. But no, even in their last moments on the page, the characters showed so much more than they already did. Most of the characters still gone through developments in this book.
The ending of this book kind of reminds me of the Shadow and Bone’s trilogy’sending where the main characters were…okay no spoiling but if you’ve read the first three Grisha books (meaning minus the Six of Crows duology and the ongoing King of Scars series) then you’ll have an idea of what I’m talking about. By hinting this isn’t actually spoiling anything because I’m not really talking about how the book ends, I’m referring to what is at the end, the kind of epilogue part though this book doesn’t have an epilogue just a chapter showing some of the characters’s lives after the war. I love it because I love it when characters don’t dwell on their success at the end of the book. I just love how satisfying it is to see the characters just live. I’m probably not making any sense but my main point is that this is a very satisfying ending for a series I really love.
RATING: 5 blissful pages with lilies
I highly recommend this series to all fantasy lovers. This is a very well-written series with unforgettable characters. Plus they’re fast paced and page-turners.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Writing hasn’t always been a serious hobby for me … but it has always been there, lurking in the shadows, serving me well when called upon.
As I look back over the years, I realise I was guilty of writing many short stories, as well as poetry, and I’d like to think, that even if they were never intended to be published, they were nonetheless warmly received by the intended recipients.
Then in 2019, I was inspired to write not just a short story, or poetry, but a book. Then, suddenly, one book turned into a trilogy and a labour of love, and it was a love I wanted to share with the world.
So, here we are. The pandemic that put my career in sport on hold also gave me the opportunity to lavish time on my alternative hobby, or if demand dictates my new career.
However, only you, the reader, will decide whether this trilogy, which is still a work in progress, will be the first of many. I genuinely hope so.
Who knows, now these creatives juices are flowing, I might just keep on writing anyway.
Epic fantasy has been my favourite genre since I first read The Odyssey and The Illiad as a seven-year-old. Now it’s my turn to see if I can bring another world to life in the imagination of others.
This tour is hosted by Storytellers on Tour and I encouraged you all to follow the rest of the tour.
Event Link: https://www.storytellersontour.online/2021/01/26/tour-schedule-the-end-of-dreams-by-marcus-lee/
What about you? Have you read this book? Or planning to? What do you think of it? Let’s chat.