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  • Shadows and Crowns Series, Book 3
  • By: S.M. Gaither
  • Narrated by: Jesse Vilinsky
  • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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The Call of the Void

By: S.M. Gaither
Narrated by: Jesse Vilinsky
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Summary

War is building. Blood is spilling. And the gods are not pleased.

Casia has survived her brother's attempts to crush her and her growing army, but the battle for their empire is just beginning. Bitter and wounded, carrying the curse of a dark and dangerous upper-god, and desperate for more allies, she charges northward to seek the elves who once walked alongside the divine beings.

The elven Court of Moreth holds knowledge. Secrets. And power. The kind of power that could shift all of Casia's wars in her favor. If she can survive the dangerous politics and treacherous magic of the elf-kind.

While these outer battles rage, so too do the ones within. Elander is losing what remained of his divinity. His court. His powers. His grasp on what he once was and what he once knew. But he's determined to keep fighting, gathering his own ancient allies, and working to aid Casia in her wars. He lost her once. He won't do it again.

But his devotion to her may be the very thing that destroys him.

And when that destruction comes, it comes with a twist—one that could change their entire world.

Forever.

©2021 S. M. Gaither (P)2022 Tantor

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Mixed feelings

Where to start. There were bits of this book I liked and bits that I hated. This book was a real struggle for me which surprised me as I thoroughly enjoyed the first two. I found myself having to have days long breaks from it. The word “precisely” was used so many times, as was the same with the first two books, that I actually thought I was going to tear my hair out! The word is said so many times that if I never hear it again in this lifetime or my next 3 million incarnations it will be too soon! Dear God it drove me crazy! It’s got to the point where I’m so bothered by it that I honestly don’t know if I can finish the series. The word “battle” was also overused. Every fight they had was a “battle” and it just never felt like one to me.
A lot of the book baffled me. Elander drained nearly all of the life force from Veren in the second book and yet here he was at the start right as rain. Cas was told that she could transfer the death magic to someone else and chose not to. I don’t understand why she just didn’t transfer it back to Elander. Problem solved. She knew that using death magic was killing Elander and yet she kept using it. Kept wanting to use it. That just didn’t make sense to me. I didn’t enjoy any of the interactions with the elves and couldn’t understand why Cass even wanted an alliance with them, despite her having nothing to offer in return, when they were themselves getting protection from the mistward elves. By the time we got to the end I really couldn’t have cared if everyone apart from Elander had died. And he did die! If anyone can explain to me how he came back to life, because it certainly wasn’t explained in the book, I’d be very grateful.
The narration by Jesse Valinsky was very good. She has distinct character voices which I like. If I wasn’t sure on a book I’d probably give it a go just because she was the narrator. She’s definitely one of my favourite narrators.
I have the other two books in this series but genuinely don’t know if I’ll listen to them. Maybe a break from the series is needed and then I’ll feel the desire to finish them. Hopefully this is just the weakest book of the series and I’ll love the last two as much as I did the first two.

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Amazing narration

I really liked the first one, and while there were moments that slowed in this, it was still full of twists and turns. A great story. The narrator does the voices really well and her expression was perfect.

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