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Summary

What was once the Peradaini Empire is now a wasted landscape of burned, empty cities and abandoned farmlands. The Blessing, now more numerous than ever, continues to spread across the continent, driving refugees to the dubious safety of the city walls. Unharvested crops mean that few strongholds have enough provisions to last the winter, although most know the grunts will take them before starvation will.

But hope survives. A piece of stolen magic just might halt the spread of The Blessing if Tejohn and Cazia can find a scholar with the skill to re-create the spell. If such a person still lives.

Unfortunately they are nearly out of time. The few remaining human enclaves are isolated and under siege. Worse, The Blessing has spread to other sentient creatures. If Cazia and Tejohn are going to strike back at their monstrous enemy, they cannot delay.

And there's another deeper question left unaddressed: Where did The Blessing come from, and why have they invaded Kal-Maddum?

The Way into Darkness is the final book in The Great Way series.

Author Harry Connolly's first book, Child of Fire, was listed in Publishers Weekly's Best 100 Books of 2009.

©2015 Harry Connolly (P)2016 Podium Publishing

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Loved all of this book please do more

After reading the first book I brought the second and third straightaway you're easily as good as anything that Brandon Sanderson is done I love this world and hope there are more books to come

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  • Sailfish
  • 15-10-16

Both interesting and exciting through the end

The only fault that I found in this saga is that, regrettably, it came to an end. I'm pleased to find another author in Harry Connolly whose craftsmanship at creating a story with a unique take on the arcane arts but with a cast of characters and challenges that captivate one's interest such that they find it difficult to put down after any chapter.

As expected, Michael Kramer's narration was almost spellbinding on its own.

A wonderful saga.

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  • Tait
  • 13-07-18

many unanswered questions.

maybe I just normally lissen to very long stories but it felt like as soon as I started liking the world it was set in it ended.

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  • Joseph Gasner
  • 11-03-18

The Great Way

Wow, the ending was brief and felt rushed but it was a great tale definitely worth listening to. Performance is what you'd expect from Michael Cramer.

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  • Derrick
  • 20-11-17

Incomplete

I really did enjoy the series and almost feel bad for the 3 stars, but the ending was terrible. There was no big climax in the story, the story just ends... I really think that this series should have had a 4th book to wrap up the story. The last half or so of this book felt more like the author was forcing a lead up to the end to the story while also including major plot elements he did have time for.

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  • Lori Wassam
  • 20-08-17

Good book

Enjoyed the book, but it's rife with Masonic principles. I would caution against allowing this book to affect your spiritual outlook.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-08-17

Kept me entertained all the way through!

Loved it! Original concepts. Narration well done and the story doesn't lag! Entertaining start to finish.

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  • Aleksandra Janik
  • 22-07-17

Great ending to a great series!

Fast paced action, danger, and crocodile people made this book a fun and exciting read. I loved that even though there was a good ending it wasn't all unicorns and rainbows, the people still had to do a lot to save their own world. My only small complaint is that the answer to their questions seemed simplistic. I was hoping for a bigger reason to the troubles of the universe. I don't think I worded that right but I didn't want to reveal any spoilers.

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  • Jason Grosch
  • 09-05-17

SOS: Somebody help this author with his endings.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes because the magic system and overall plot are exciting and interesting.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Way into Darkness?

*Spoiler*

When what the Great Way is revealed to be.

Have you listened to any of Michael Kramer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, he does a good job here. I don't think I have heard him do a bad performance yet.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

*Spoiler*

When Cazia meets her father for the first time.

Any additional comments?

The ending couple hours are really lousy. There are many shocking revelations, one after another, and they are left dangling at the end. The first two books do not have satisfying endings either but this is the last book of the trilogy! I expected the author to close all the open plot threads from the previous books and give a reasonable, satisfying conclusion. If that is what you expect at the end of a trilogy, prepare for disappointment.

With the ending as the exception, the journey there is a good time. I don't think that having a lousy ending makes it a lousy book by any means. This book is worth the credit.

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  • Susie Q
  • 04-04-17

Don't let it end!

I have really enjoyed this series and wish that it continued from here...a spin-off series would be amazing! There are so many ways the author could take the book from here. I really enjoyed the two main characters. Connolly did a great job allowing readers to understand and love both of these characters despite the fact that the characters were as different as two characters could be.
If you want a great listening experience, listen to this unique, intense, yet fun series.

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  • Amy
  • 25-02-17

Perfect Tempo'ed Story

all 3 books...just the entire storyline I found to be beautifully written. I loved how the book was very unpredictable and the outcomes were still logical / reasonable. I like the little nuance character development descriptions. The description of certain facial expressions or feelings that the character would have about a particular situation. I mean smalls simple scenes nothing major that gave me deeper insight into the characters. I really really really really like the ending....a thorough answer to the question. And also the actual ending scene just left me with a really Pleasant smile on my face and feeling of contentedness.

the narrator was really good at differentiating the voices of all characters and I enjoyed the baritone of his voice and his inflections. my own personal pet peeve is that I have a hard time reading book with teenagers or kids as the main characters. So I have to thank the author for making the young adult characters appropriately mature which a perfectly acceptable tone making it easy for me...actually enjoyable for me to listen to this series.