A Shattered Empire - the Sorcery Ascendant Sequence finale

  • Posted on: 8 June 2018
  • By: Lore

A Shattered Empire Book CoverThe Sorcery Ascendant Sequence started with humble beginnings but over the course of the series it has dramatically increased in scope and it finally culminates with a battle of characters from multiple worlds. A few of those characters have grown exponentially in power over time, including Caldan, and now a battle of super powerful beings, each with their own agenda, finally comes together. So is there a payoff for all the buildup done in the first two books? The answer is yes, but this book is not without its flaws, and sometimes how you get there can ruin the destination.

I must admit that I found the final book to be the least enjoyable of the series and while a few of the characters remained true to themselves, some do not and that left me feeling unsatisfied when this one was finally over. I will leave it vague in order to avoid spoilers but I will say that if you were already on the fence about Caldan's behaviors after book two then you are unlikely to alter your opinion after reading this book. It is unfortunate too because the world itself and the magic systems are quite interesting so I expected to feel better about it all when I reached this point. That being said, the series does have a lot of positives when you look past Caldan but if Mitchell Hogan chose to continue on further then he would do so without me going along for the ride. 

For audiobook fans Oliver Wyman does a fine job on the narration overall and I would certainly be willing to listen to other stories narrated by him.