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Simon has spent the last six months hunting Incarnations, and has begun to realize that his power alone won’t be enough to stop a true enemy. Leah is queen over a nation of refugees, driven from their homes by the power of Territories gone mad. Alin rules his city with an iron fist, imposing the virtues of Elysia on an imperfect population. Now, the three must stand united as Simon has spent the last six months hunting Incarnations, and has begun to realize that his power alone won’t be enough to stop a true enemy. Leah is queen over a nation of refugees, driven from their homes by the power of Territories gone mad. Alin rules his city with an iron fist, imposing the virtues of Elysia on an imperfect population. Now, the three must stand united as the balance of the world shifts once more. A greater threat looms, and it has made its presence known... The Incarnations are missing.


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Simon has spent the last six months hunting Incarnations, and has begun to realize that his power alone won’t be enough to stop a true enemy. Leah is queen over a nation of refugees, driven from their homes by the power of Territories gone mad. Alin rules his city with an iron fist, imposing the virtues of Elysia on an imperfect population. Now, the three must stand united as Simon has spent the last six months hunting Incarnations, and has begun to realize that his power alone won’t be enough to stop a true enemy. Leah is queen over a nation of refugees, driven from their homes by the power of Territories gone mad. Alin rules his city with an iron fist, imposing the virtues of Elysia on an imperfect population. Now, the three must stand united as the balance of the world shifts once more. A greater threat looms, and it has made its presence known... The Incarnations are missing.

30 review for City of Light

  1. 5 out of 5

    Terence

    The Incarnations are all loose as the Hanging Trees have been destroyed. Alin is transforming Enosh into a version of Elysia as the madness of Incarnation overtakes him. Leah, Simon, and Indirial hunt down Incarnations until the Incarnations mysteriously go missing. City of Light was a fitting conclusion to the Traveler's Gate trilogy. The conclusion has many reveals including the beginning of the Hanging Tree process. The book also had some heart wrenching moments that I didn't really think it w The Incarnations are all loose as the Hanging Trees have been destroyed. Alin is transforming Enosh into a version of Elysia as the madness of Incarnation overtakes him. Leah, Simon, and Indirial hunt down Incarnations until the Incarnations mysteriously go missing. City of Light was a fitting conclusion to the Traveler's Gate trilogy. The conclusion has many reveals including the beginning of the Hanging Tree process. The book also had some heart wrenching moments that I didn't really think it was capable of providing. Valinhall's Travelers find themselves on the front line assisting Leah in ending the Incarnation threat. They also played heavily into the story in more than a few unexpected ways which is always a good thing as far as I'm concerned. Valinhall's Travelers and territory made the series for me. Simon, Indirial, Kai, and the Eldest all were incredibly interesting characters. At the end my favorite character was Simon. Simon's growth from House of Blades to City of Light was immense. Simon hardly resembles the scared boy caring for his mentally broke mother by the end. For a boy whose only desire was to be able to save a friend and fight Travelers, Simon achieved far more than he initially set out to achieve. It makes me smile thinking about it. Unfortunately I have to say the other two key characters Leah and Alin never quite came to life for me. Leah was slightly interesting in City of Light which is an improvement over the last two books where I had no real interest in her. Alin was more interesting in this book than the prior two because his Incarnation created complexity in a vain generally unlikable character. His madness forced him to listen to the various color's thoughts which truly were far more interesting than Alin. City of Light was a good conclusion to an enjoyable series.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lazybee

    Usually, when i am about to finish a good series i feel sad(some good books i dragged reading a lot, because i was afraid to let go). But not this one, because it finished so fast. You will not realise the time flying past. The book is full of beautiful action sequences. And is an excellent end to a lovely series. Highly recommended. P. S.: Will miss the dolls. They were awesome.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    5 Stars City of Light, book 3 in the Travelers Gate series is a 5 star awesome conclusion to the series. As a whole, the Travelers Gate series is a 5 star blast of a read that fantasy lovers will adore. Each of the three books are better than the last. The action is top notch. The cast of characters is large enough to have a little bit of this and a little bit of that. The plot and story progression of the series runs a straight line but it does so while showcasing the increase in tension and per 5 Stars City of Light, book 3 in the Travelers Gate series is a 5 star awesome conclusion to the series. As a whole, the Travelers Gate series is a 5 star blast of a read that fantasy lovers will adore. Each of the three books are better than the last. The action is top notch. The cast of characters is large enough to have a little bit of this and a little bit of that. The plot and story progression of the series runs a straight line but it does so while showcasing the increase in tension and peril. Simon will be an unforgettable protagonist. As will the territory of Valinhall itself and the power that it bestows. This series would make an amazing set of movies. Wight brings the three books to a great conclusion. And I am happy to report that he does not resort to any gimmick or Godlike power to bring things to an end. With the nature of the Traveler's and the Incarnation's Wight could have lazily used a magic RED button to blow this whole series up. The ending was the best part if this series. I wish I had the time to give this book the review it deserves. I can only hope that my friends and fellow fantasy readers will take a chance and pick this up. It is too much fun to be missed.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Francisco Godoy

    The star rating mostly relates to this book. I truly enjoyed the series overall and the first two books were fantastic. There are some flaws but they are not as bad as to stop you from reading. What made this series unique: The real hero is not foretold by any prophesy, no one believes in him and is ridiculed throughout the series. The prophesied hero is a prince-charming-kind-of character who mostly cares about looking heroic and has no idea if what he's doing is right. There is a princess of c The star rating mostly relates to this book. I truly enjoyed the series overall and the first two books were fantastic. There are some flaws but they are not as bad as to stop you from reading. What made this series unique: The real hero is not foretold by any prophesy, no one believes in him and is ridiculed throughout the series. The prophesied hero is a prince-charming-kind-of character who mostly cares about looking heroic and has no idea if what he's doing is right. There is a princess of course, though not the obnoxious type. She is a woman of action and a master spy. There is more too, so much more. The magic system for instance will drive you to read the short stories related to the series. There are travelers who can summon powers from their world but first need to earn them there. Overall I wish the series did not end here. But it does and that is the reason for the 3 stars. I believe there is so much more to be told so many plots to close that this third book felt rushed. There are not many believable reasons behind the actions of the incarnations. There is an ascension to power that happens too fast and leaves you thinking that the author ran out of ideas and wanted to finish everything in one scene. And there are the "all but..." descriptions that are used too much to my taste and could be substituted with better descriptions. I think Will Wight will continue to deliver great stories and you should read his books. This review is more of a call to attention to let him know that he should trust that whatever he wishes to tell us people will read. His worlds are fascinating and the action in his books is one of the bests. I will keep reading books in the series, if they ever come back, and hope that Will will trust us with the secrets of the House of Blades.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mark Halse

    Oh my! I finished this book three days ago but have been in denial that I will no longer tag along with Simon back to the House of Blades with all his creepy dolls! This was one of those series that break your heart when they're over because you just don't want to leave. Amazing. These books are amazing. If you don't read these books you are missing out. Recommendation: READ THE TRAVELER'S GATE TRILOGY! QUICK!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Coco.V

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  7. 4 out of 5

    Craig Watson

    Poor way of concluding the trilogy. Did nothing to build the character relationships or give them any depth and the story line was weak and predictable with every character doing the same thing as the previous one.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rinaldo

    4/5 City of Light is the conclusion of Traveler's Gate trilogy by Will Wight. It concludes the main plots decently while leaving a lot of rooms for sequel. Plot The plot picked up directly from Crimson Vault and later skipped 6 months in the future. Simon is bound on a bigger mission, more dangerous than ever with higher stakes. There are internal conflicts within Valinhall and Simon has to deal with these problems while tackling the looming doom. Action is all-time high in this book, to the point t 4/5 City of Light is the conclusion of Traveler's Gate trilogy by Will Wight. It concludes the main plots decently while leaving a lot of rooms for sequel. Plot The plot picked up directly from Crimson Vault and later skipped 6 months in the future. Simon is bound on a bigger mission, more dangerous than ever with higher stakes. There are internal conflicts within Valinhall and Simon has to deal with these problems while tackling the looming doom. Action is all-time high in this book, to the point that it becomes too heavy and fatigued for me. I understand that Wight utilised action scenes as character building moments, but this approach is a hit-and-miss. Sometimes it works well when we watch Simon or Alin reflect and learn something in the midst of a battle. However, at other times the action scenes and conflicts feel gratuitous for me. I got impression that whenever it gets too quiet, Wight had to throw one or two fight scenes to keep things interesting. The main plot is solved with a quite temporary solution. While this opens new avenues for interesting plots in the future, I feel that there are way too many questions and mysteries left unanswered. As a case study, in Mistborn original trilogy, Brandon Sanderson solved the major plots and answered the big questions satisfyingly. There are still mysteries, but these are relatively minor. With this book, there are still big questions left hanging. Characters Compared to the previous installations, City of Light is less organic. Some characters switch sides or allegiances relatively easily and the interpersonal conflicts are somewhat muted down. (view spoiler)[By rights, Alin should have a lot of problems with Simon and Leah and vice versa, but in the end of the book they reconcile relatively easily and quickly, before directly working together as a team. (hide spoiler)] On the flipside, it's quite interesting how far everyone has grown compared to the first book. Alin is the Elysian Incarnation, Simon is the Founder's Heir of Valinhall, Leah is the Queen of Damasca and sole Traveler of Ragnarus. I think there are really interesting side characters in this book. Rebekkah with her extreme tendencies for violence becomes my favourite Doll in this book. The Eldest Nye has an interesting frenemy/rival dynamic with (view spoiler)[resurrected Valin (hide spoiler)] . Unfortunately, some other side characters' potentials are wasted, namely Erastes, Agnos family, Denner, and Kathrin. I think they should've been utilised better, and I have high hopes for them in the sequel series. Elysian Colours One of the charm of Elysia as a Territory is that how it is supposed to be the central Territory. Elysia meant to guide the other Territories into better place and their Travelers into better people. In this case, the City of Light features 9 districts that embody specific values, colours, and powers that correspond to the original 9 Territories. For instance, Avernus is known as Territory of Birds that values bond between Travelers and the native birds. Elysia has the Orange District which embodies Loyalty, a value that correspond to such bonds. As a result, the Orange District grants the power of flight to Elysian Traveler who is deemed loyal by the trials of the district. In the omnibus/complete trilogy eBook, Wight compiled short stories of 9 original Territories. In the universe, these stories are written to teach its reader about a specific value of Elysian Colours. I think it's an interesting study of storytelling and worldbuilding. These stories reveal bits and pieces about the Territories that we don't get to see in the main story, however the quality really varies. Some are frankly mediocre while other are fun and insightful. Conclusion City of Light is a worthy end of Traveler's Gate trilogy, however it leaves too many questions answered for my taste while leaning too heavily on action.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Lupa

    I finally thought of the word I'm looking for (by book 3): Shonen. I don't usually read books which map so directly with potential video games, or anime plots. But in for a penny, in for a pound. If you made it through book 1, every book after improves on the story.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Stefan

    I think it's my ocd that made me finish the series. It's tonedeaf, the world building doesn't exist, some of the jokes are alright. Other than that there is fighting, talking about fighting and some more fighting. I was bored for all the action. To the end there is moment where the author needs to actually conjure a quasi time stopping device, just so he can squeeze some exposition into the fighting.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Lukyanenko

    In general I liked the book and the series as a whole. Alin turned out to be at least somewhat interesting (comparing with his charater from the previous books), especially when we could see different prespectives through him. It was sad that Valinhall Travellers turned out to be some unstoppable killing machines; some battles reminded me about anime fights, though this isn't too bad. Incarnations were quite interesting in this book, I suppose we just didn't have time for them previously. And there In general I liked the book and the series as a whole. Alin turned out to be at least somewhat interesting (comparing with his charater from the previous books), especially when we could see different prespectives through him. It was sad that Valinhall Travellers turned out to be some unstoppable killing machines; some battles reminded me about anime fights, though this isn't too bad. Incarnations were quite interesting in this book, I suppose we just didn't have time for them previously. And there were some nice heart-warming moments. Looking forward for reading short stories.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Gareth Otton

    While not quite providing me with the ending I had hoped for, City of Light maintains the high quality of this series and was an excellent read. After having nearly lost his life dealing with just one Incarnation, Simon must now find a way to battle the other ten. On top of this, he has struggles inside Valinhall that he must deal with and all in all, our hero is forced to reach much further than he ever has before just to survive, let alone win. Leah, already struggling in her new role as Damasc While not quite providing me with the ending I had hoped for, City of Light maintains the high quality of this series and was an excellent read. After having nearly lost his life dealing with just one Incarnation, Simon must now find a way to battle the other ten. On top of this, he has struggles inside Valinhall that he must deal with and all in all, our hero is forced to reach much further than he ever has before just to survive, let alone win. Leah, already struggling in her new role as Damascan Queen, has the extra weight of dealing with a new Ragnarus Incarnation that threatens not just the life of her people, but her position as queen as well. Meanwhile, Alin must struggle to keep hold of his own personality and nature while his new powers continue to develop. Overall, all three story arcs are fast paced, action packed and intriguing, which is what I would have expected from them. Will Wight proves once again that he can write engaging, well-imagined fantasy, and he finishes off a strong trilogy of work leaving me wanting more, which is surely the goal of all good ongoing series (and thankfully there is more to come as the author's note at the end mentioned he will be returning to this universe). So, I can happily recommend this final book and this series as a whole. It is a well-told trilogy with strong characters, an interesting magic system, and plenty of intrigue and action to keep the pages turning. It's an easy 4 stars for this book, and 4.5 stars for the series as a whole.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Eugene

    Interesting, This was honestly, the most adventurous read I've read in a while. Bringing you from one section of the story to another section of a story in a blink of an eye. Perhaps its the element of fantasy-fiction, which allows the author to dictate the ''laws of the story''. The story is fine, if not a little predictable. The author adds in elements that are just over-powered. Some characters just gets some new power and then it go out slaughtering everything in its wake. Wow. Its probably Interesting, This was honestly, the most adventurous read I've read in a while. Bringing you from one section of the story to another section of a story in a blink of an eye. Perhaps its the element of fantasy-fiction, which allows the author to dictate the ''laws of the story''. The story is fine, if not a little predictable. The author adds in elements that are just over-powered. Some characters just gets some new power and then it go out slaughtering everything in its wake. Wow. Its probably personal taste, but I find that the story is too flexible and unfixed. The author can add in many different prowess and many different powers for the characters and the readers can read on and on and never know the full extend of the truth. Or perhaps fantasy without boundary? All in all, a descent read. 3 stars

  14. 5 out of 5

    Hamza

    My rating for this book is 2.5 stars. This is the final installment to the series although the author hints at possible additions in the future. I personally think this is a good idea as the series definitely has room for growth. As for the book itself, it did not offer much above and beyond it's prequels. I felt it got fairly predictable and repetitive. The author did not expend much effort towards world-building, character development or plot twists. Much of the elements in this book seem to b My rating for this book is 2.5 stars. This is the final installment to the series although the author hints at possible additions in the future. I personally think this is a good idea as the series definitely has room for growth. As for the book itself, it did not offer much above and beyond it's prequels. I felt it got fairly predictable and repetitive. The author did not expend much effort towards world-building, character development or plot twists. Much of the elements in this book seem to borrow from fantasy tropes already established in previous fantasy literature and even RPG video games. All in all, The Traveler's Gate was a light and fun read. Nothing ground-breaking, but still recommended.

  15. 5 out of 5

    William Moses Jr.

    This book was a nice ending to the trilogy. The story that started out in the third book was wrapped up fairly well. Some stories were ended, others were started, and some were left unfinished. This sets things up nicely for another book. But that's what kind of irked me and made me give this book 4 stars instead of 5. It's good no doubt, but I didn't really get a sense of an ending here. Not to mention, the question that was set up as so important for Simon, (view spoiler)["What do you want?" ( This book was a nice ending to the trilogy. The story that started out in the third book was wrapped up fairly well. Some stories were ended, others were started, and some were left unfinished. This sets things up nicely for another book. But that's what kind of irked me and made me give this book 4 stars instead of 5. It's good no doubt, but I didn't really get a sense of an ending here. Not to mention, the question that was set up as so important for Simon, (view spoiler)["What do you want?" (hide spoiler)] , was still left unanswered at the end of the book. As a middle book in a series, this book would get 5 stars. As the last book in this trilogy, it gets 4.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Philip Mastandrea

    Story was good. Ending was a little open for my taste but satisfying. My biggest problem with the series is the stories just were so shallow. Their motivations are unclear through three books. The world was interesting and the territories were all fun, I just wish the protagonists were as interesting. Not bad books but I'm not sure if I would recommend them as there is better stuff out there.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Justin

    City of Light is a wonderful work of fiction that ties up the Traveler's Gate trilogy very nicely. Full of action and awesome characters, I highly recommend it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin Espen

    In City of Light, Will Wight finishes what he started. I admire his focus, there are clearly more stories in this world that can be told. But Simon has completed the hero's journey, and the cycle is now complete. Which also means that Simon has become a man, and the nature of the problems he faces will be different in the future. Thus, Wight has ended the story at the place where the story should be ended. And for that, I salute him. We also see a great many pieces fall into place [though not all In City of Light, Will Wight finishes what he started. I admire his focus, there are clearly more stories in this world that can be told. But Simon has completed the hero's journey, and the cycle is now complete. Which also means that Simon has become a man, and the nature of the problems he faces will be different in the future. Thus, Wight has ended the story at the place where the story should be ended. And for that, I salute him. We also see a great many pieces fall into place [though not all!], explaining why Elysia and Ragnarus are warring with one another, and why the Incarnations were trapped within the bloody trees of Ragnarus. And why the rebel city of Enosh was trying to free them. In the end, it turns out that many of the fateful decisions made had some justice behind them. But justice is not the problem. Everyone has had more justice than they can handle. What this world needs is redemption and forgiveness. Surprisingly, in a world gone mad with power and thirst for vengeance, there is redemption to be had. In the end, it comes down to strength of character. By strength of character, what I really mean is virtue, in the Aristotelian-Thomist sense of what you habitually do. With a few surprises thrown in, for unusual acts of will. I couldn't ask for a better ending to an already fine series. Highly recommended. ----------------------------------------------- Spoilers below. My policy in most book reviews is to avoid spoilers if possible. My definition of a spoiler is arbitrary and whimsical, so caveat lector. I think this is a reasonable thing to do, although sometimes it means I can't discuss the things in a book I find most interesting. In this case, the spoiler is about the nature of Incarnations, and the specific fate of Indirial, after he incarnates. As Wight's artfully chosen name indicates, an Incarnation is their Territory in the flesh. The wild aggressiveness of Endross. The fiery justice of Naraka. The haughty dominion of Ragnarus. We also learn that Incarnations spin out of control when outside of their Territories, but that Incarnations inside their Territories are much more like the humans they used to be. But, even on the outside, who you used to be matters. When Valin is the Valinhall Incarnation, he fights everyone he sees on the way to kill the King of Damasca. His actions embody the nature of Valinhall, except that he has lost all of his inhibitions about those weaker than himself. Indirial, on the other hand, is quite different. His power and deadliness is the same, but the first thing Indirial does as an Incarnation, in fact the reason he Incarnates, is save his wife and daughter even though it means losing a fight. Indirial, as Incarnation, still thinks the same thoughts as Valin as Incarnation, but his habits push him to do things slightly differently. The Indirial who saved Simon because he couldn't bear to see a child die, saves his daughter at the cost of losing a fight to the Ragnarus Incarnation. Valin would have never done that. Thus we see that while the urges of Incarnations are powerful, they do not completely consume the man or woman within.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Puritas

    Identical reviews for the entire trilogy, because the author is if nothing else consistent. I enjoyed the series enough to finish reading it, and many of the concepts seem like they would make a fairly fun game. Wight did a great job of continuing to flesh out the world enough to keep me interested in finishing the trilogy, but at the end of it all I had no interest in returning to this world. While I did like the characters, I still felt like all of them started from very similar points and didn' Identical reviews for the entire trilogy, because the author is if nothing else consistent. I enjoyed the series enough to finish reading it, and many of the concepts seem like they would make a fairly fun game. Wight did a great job of continuing to flesh out the world enough to keep me interested in finishing the trilogy, but at the end of it all I had no interest in returning to this world. While I did like the characters, I still felt like all of them started from very similar points and didn't really develop divergently - and neither did relationships. If you enjoy watching flashy shonen anime like Bleach, you'll probably really like this series. --- Really interesting world and magic system. Less interesting characters - all the main characters seemed like shades/different stages of the same personality, to the point where they all pretty much talked and thought the same (except for Kai by virtue of being mad, of course, but even he still thought by similar rules). The world, battles, and character appearance seem far more influenced by anime than fantasy.

  20. 5 out of 5

    David

    I'm so sad that I've finished this series. I've held off on writing a review as I wanted to complete it first. Sometimes the writing was a little vague, a little hard to follow action sequences, minor issues with the world building and lack of scenaric details, little things here and there. But this book was incredible. It's been a while since I've felt so immersed in a book, so attached to characters, so engaged in the conflict. Each character was portrayed in such a great way. The world is fas I'm so sad that I've finished this series. I've held off on writing a review as I wanted to complete it first. Sometimes the writing was a little vague, a little hard to follow action sequences, minor issues with the world building and lack of scenaric details, little things here and there. But this book was incredible. It's been a while since I've felt so immersed in a book, so attached to characters, so engaged in the conflict. Each character was portrayed in such a great way. The world is fascinating, the magic system feels whole and complete. The system of "Incarnation" (using your given set of powers too much, giving in to the vices they come with) was portrayed incredibly when shown from the third person and from first person. I grew so attached to the progress and safety of Simon, the main character, and his dolls, Leah, Alin, Rhalia, Kai, Indrial, I could go on and on. What started as a curious interest in who the cloaked individual that cameod in the spell shop of Sufficiently Advanced Magic ended with Will Wight earning a devoted fan, eager to absorb all he writes. I couldn't recommend this series enough

  21. 4 out of 5

    R.J. Triveri

    It's strange to think this is the end of the Traveler's Gate series. I enjoyed the adventures of Simon and the rest of the crew, but it doesn't feel finished despite most of the threads being brought together. (view spoiler)[The Incarnations are dealt with, the royal succession is done, territories are stabilized, and Simon is more or less better for it. The novel ends with Simon about to start another mission and there isn't really a resolution from there. (hide spoiler)] It took three books to It's strange to think this is the end of the Traveler's Gate series. I enjoyed the adventures of Simon and the rest of the crew, but it doesn't feel finished despite most of the threads being brought together. (view spoiler)[The Incarnations are dealt with, the royal succession is done, territories are stabilized, and Simon is more or less better for it. The novel ends with Simon about to start another mission and there isn't really a resolution from there. (hide spoiler)] It took three books to properly explain the Territory system and how Incarnations work, but I feel that it makes much more sense now. When I go back to look though past issues, the last bit of light from this book makes some things very clear. Even with that, there are so many things I still question. If this truly is the end of the series, there are still so many things left unanswered about ideas from the series. Overall, I enjoyed the series.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Morris

    The City of Light was a great finish to this fantastic trilogy and hopefully in the future there will be more travellers books. This book as well as all the others from this series had so much imagination making it immersive and gripping, with no stop action and moments were you are at edge of your seat wondering what would happen next. The magic used was unique with each traveller capable of amazing abilities. Plus there was so many moments in the trilogy that was just jaw dropping and triumpha The City of Light was a great finish to this fantastic trilogy and hopefully in the future there will be more travellers books. This book as well as all the others from this series had so much imagination making it immersive and gripping, with no stop action and moments were you are at edge of your seat wondering what would happen next. The magic used was unique with each traveller capable of amazing abilities. Plus there was so many moments in the trilogy that was just jaw dropping and triumphant, which I was always remember and may come back to read again. I will defiantly recommend anyone to read this book that loves fantasy, magic and all out action, plus fights that make some characters overpowered and epic in every way. Overall I will defiantly look at more books by Will Wight in futures.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rosie Rizk

    Great magical world. Awesome action and world building. The characters aren't too complex, but they're fleshed out enough, and the action is thoroughly engaging, that you don't notice it. In the last book of this series, Simon, the MC, gains a lot more in character and purpose, so I recommend reading to the end. As for the action, I tend to skim war scenes to get the gist and move on, instead of reading my way through a slog of sword slashings and swingings, but the fights here were very central Great magical world. Awesome action and world building. The characters aren't too complex, but they're fleshed out enough, and the action is thoroughly engaging, that you don't notice it. In the last book of this series, Simon, the MC, gains a lot more in character and purpose, so I recommend reading to the end. As for the action, I tend to skim war scenes to get the gist and move on, instead of reading my way through a slog of sword slashings and swingings, but the fights here were very central to the plot, and involved a bunch of magic along with the sword slashing, that I rarely grew bored of reading it though completely. Definitely a great series. Warning: get all three at once, because it's effectively one long book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    MGMaudlin

    Two months ago I had never heard of the fantasy author Will Wight. And because Audible had a sale on all of his books, I have just finished my tenth book by him. This would suggest that I love his work, but the reality is that I was stressed and needed a likable and not-too-taxing series to escape into. Wight’s the Cradle series and Travelers Gate series fit the bill perfectly. Both showcase young, earnest protagonists who reach amazing levels of proficiency in magical combat by sheer hard work, Two months ago I had never heard of the fantasy author Will Wight. And because Audible had a sale on all of his books, I have just finished my tenth book by him. This would suggest that I love his work, but the reality is that I was stressed and needed a likable and not-too-taxing series to escape into. Wight’s the Cradle series and Travelers Gate series fit the bill perfectly. Both showcase young, earnest protagonists who reach amazing levels of proficiency in magical combat by sheer hard work, persistence, and good character. The books include adventure, humor, and interesting story lines. The only problem is that neither series is complete yet after seven and three volumes respectively. But they were fun to read.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    I forgot how anime this series is. I still think the author saw Naruto, Bleach, and One Piece, and decided to write a novel about it. I lost steam for this series. I was hype for it when I read the first book, but since then I've read many of these types of books. The gleam I had in my eye is completely gone. It was too anime for me. All the tropes are there, embracing evil for power, enemies becoming friends, ignoring your Master's advice and using the artifact to "go all out just one more time", m I forgot how anime this series is. I still think the author saw Naruto, Bleach, and One Piece, and decided to write a novel about it. I lost steam for this series. I was hype for it when I read the first book, but since then I've read many of these types of books. The gleam I had in my eye is completely gone. It was too anime for me. All the tropes are there, embracing evil for power, enemies becoming friends, ignoring your Master's advice and using the artifact to "go all out just one more time", moe advisers, anime hair, sacrificing yourself for others (and being rewarded for it by surviving), etc. This series would be great for persons who haven't read a lot of books, and who are still in their anime phase. 2.5/5 Stars

  26. 5 out of 5

    Russell Gray

    A fantastic conclusion to one of the most enjoyable trilogies I've ever read. This was such a refreshing story and it just reaffirmed my preference for a more sword and sorcery style offering rather than high fantasy that I tend to find severely bloated and in need of a ballsy editor. Probably the thing that I noticed most was the fact that the stakes always remained personal for the characters even as the ramifications for events escalated to affect an entire kingdom. I cannot recommend this tril A fantastic conclusion to one of the most enjoyable trilogies I've ever read. This was such a refreshing story and it just reaffirmed my preference for a more sword and sorcery style offering rather than high fantasy that I tend to find severely bloated and in need of a ballsy editor. Probably the thing that I noticed most was the fact that the stakes always remained personal for the characters even as the ramifications for events escalated to affect an entire kingdom. I cannot recommend this trilogy enough for anyone who loves fantasy, but especially for fantasy lovers who prefer solid pacing rather than meandering walks through the world just to appreciate the scenery.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    Even more so than the previous book I felt that my main interest lay with Valinhall and not much with the rest of the territories or the unnamed world. In the end, I felt there was still a lot more to be learned from just Valinhall. I think the problem with the other territories was that there was no main character that really learned any of the skills so there was no real interest to learn about those territories. As I mentioned in the earlier review from the earlier books, it's clear that Will Even more so than the previous book I felt that my main interest lay with Valinhall and not much with the rest of the territories or the unnamed world. In the end, I felt there was still a lot more to be learned from just Valinhall. I think the problem with the other territories was that there was no main character that really learned any of the skills so there was no real interest to learn about those territories. As I mentioned in the earlier review from the earlier books, it's clear that Will was still developing his worldbuilding/writing skills and in his latest series (cradle) I care about everything instead of just parts of the books.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. **spoilers, for my own records** OTOKU!! KAI!! NOOOOOOO!! Sad about Indirial too, but at least he's "alive" as an incarnation in Valinhall... Still though, overall a good ending. Simon alive as the founder of the house and Valinhall in charge of taking care of future incarnarions, Leah still queen, Alin finally opened the door to the white and sacrificed himself (well, trapped himself in Elysia) to save Simon, no more hanging trees, incarnations all sealed or killed, Elysia open for new students.. **spoilers, for my own records** OTOKU!! KAI!! NOOOOOOO!! Sad about Indirial too, but at least he's "alive" as an incarnation in Valinhall... Still though, overall a good ending. Simon alive as the founder of the house and Valinhall in charge of taking care of future incarnarions, Leah still queen, Alin finally opened the door to the white and sacrificed himself (well, trapped himself in Elysia) to save Simon, no more hanging trees, incarnations all sealed or killed, Elysia open for new students... A good finale to the series, with loose ends tied up. Super emotional too, teared up when Kai and Otoku died. Could totally see spinoffs in the future though...

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ahmad

    My rating are always based entirely on enjoyment, not on objective observations or anything. And I really enjoyed the series. It reminds me a lot of a shounen anime. The action and magic system is really good, but the characters (apart from Simon the MC) aren't developed to even half their true potential, some are very 2 dimensional. And there are several plot threads that never pan out or are left unresolved. If this were not the last book in this series, I'd be more lenient with my judgement. My rating are always based entirely on enjoyment, not on objective observations or anything. And I really enjoyed the series. It reminds me a lot of a shounen anime. The action and magic system is really good, but the characters (apart from Simon the MC) aren't developed to even half their true potential, some are very 2 dimensional. And there are several plot threads that never pan out or are left unresolved. If this were not the last book in this series, I'd be more lenient with my judgement. But it is, and I wish it weren't.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Yossi

    Some times great world building ends up in a complete mess. Regretfully, this is one of these times. I have enjoyed the first two books in the series because of their human aspect - little people involved in the world where big forces are at play. By the third book there are no humans anymore. Just ultra-powerful beings at war. Half the book is super-powered demi-gods punching each other. And everyone is sooooo ultra powerful and can't die and is amazing and fast and special.... AHHHH!!! too muc Some times great world building ends up in a complete mess. Regretfully, this is one of these times. I have enjoyed the first two books in the series because of their human aspect - little people involved in the world where big forces are at play. By the third book there are no humans anymore. Just ultra-powerful beings at war. Half the book is super-powered demi-gods punching each other. And everyone is sooooo ultra powerful and can't die and is amazing and fast and special.... AHHHH!!! too much becomes too boring. Too bad.

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