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Review – The Killing Light by Myke Cole

The Killing Light
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  • Writing - 8/10
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  • Development - 9/10
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Summary

Author: Myke Cole
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Description:
The thrilling conclusion to Myke Cole’s Sacred Throne trilogy.

Heloise and her allies are marching on the Imperial Capital. The villagers, the Kipti, and the Red Lords are only united in their loyalty to Heloise. They face both internal religious strife and devils pouring through the rent in the veil between worlds, but must overcome everything to topple an empire.

Praise for the Sacred Throne Trilogy

“A heart-wrenching, blood-racing, all-around page-turner. Spare, vivid and surprisingly sensual, with a small, fierce heroine who will stick in your mind and live in your soul.”―Diana Gabaldon

“Ruthless and heartwrenching.” ―Robin Hobb

“Cole weaves… a fantasy world that feels comfortably familiar, then goes to places you’d never expect. You won’t stop turning pages until the stunning finish.” ―Peter V. Brett

“Brutal and lovely―an inventive and poignant fantasy that’s rich with keen characters, set in a vivid, fascinating world.” ―Cherie Priest

“A dark fantasy tale with sharp teeth and a hard punch. Heloise is the hero we need.” ―Chuck Wendig

Release Date: November 12th, 2019

The Killing Light is the third and final novel in the Sacred Throne Trilogy by Myke Cole. And it is the most powerful novel of the series—which is saying something. 

 

The Killing Light

The Killing Light is the third and final novel in Myke Cole‘s Sacred Throne Trilogy. As such, it is the most emotional and intense novel in the series, which is saying something. Heloise and her allies are about to face their greatest challenge yet, though it is the moment they’ve all been working and fighting for.

Heloise is a fighter, and many see her as a Palantine, thanks to the demon she killed early on in the series. Ever since that moment, Heloise’s life has changed. Now she fights for change throughout her country—one that will hopefully stop all the needless bloodshed and pain.

Myke Cole - The Killing LightThe Sacred Throne Trilogy is a beautiful, yet powerful, series. It is a tale that shows us how even one person can change the world and how we can all surpass the expectations rested upon our shoulders.

Writing

The Killing Light is perhaps the most intense novel in the series, which is seriously saying something. Everything Heloise has been working for comes to a head in this installation, and I don’t think there was any way to truly prepare yourself for what was to come.

Myke Cole created a world that was full of blood and violence. And then he filled it with characters that we couldn’t help but care about, and this latest novel is no exception. If anything, he outdid himself, adding complex natures to the characters we had previously thought we understood. It was brilliantly done.

Then there’s Heloise’s tale in general. Her story tackles some seriously feminist beliefs, and as such, is very powerful. This is a girl who simply wanted the right to be herself. And instead, she’s been forced to fight a war in order to bring about the change her people need and deserve. It’s both beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time. It’s certainly a memorable combination.

Development

It seemed like there was no time for a breather while reading The Killing Light. Every turn and development added to the stakes. And mind you, the stakes were already large enough to begin with. And yet, there was time to humanize characters that were so easy to overlook. It was a surprisingly complex story, given the relatively short length of the novel.

Heloise’s character went through hell and back in this novel, and we had plenty of opportunities to watch her grow as a person in the process. She had to face truths she wasn’t prepared to handle and confront the people who wanted to control or possess her. These moments were all powerful and intense and truly added to the story as a whole.

There were several twists within this novel that were unexpected, and that’s a good thing. Myke Cole successfully subverted expectations here, while also delivering on the promise of the series. It was a delicate balance, but one he found nonetheless.

Conclusion

The Killing Light was the conclusion to the series that fans deserved. It was also the conclusion Heloise and her allies deserved. It was intense and not afraid to pull punches. And in that sense, it made the impact all the more real. In short, it was exactly what I was hoping for, and so much more.

Seeing the conclusion to any series is a bittersweet moment, and that was doubly true for this series. I hadn’t realized how much the series was affecting me until I saw it end. But I’m grateful I had the chance to read it. And I’m looking forward to seeing what Myke Cole comes up with next.


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About the author

Cat Wyatt

Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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