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    James Treadwell(Author)

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“Magnificent.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

It’s a year and a half after the events of Anarchy—a novel hailed as “bewitchingly perplexing and supernaturally entertaining” (Kirkus Reviews)—and the world is alive with magic in this third astonishingly imaginative novel in the fantasy trilogy that began with Advent.

On a tiny archipelago out of sight of the rest of the world lives Rory, a ten-year-old boy. He and his mother and a handful of survivors live an exhausting and precarious existence, entirely isolated. The sea is alive, and angry. Every man Rory can remember has been drowned. Everyone knows he’ll be next.

One night, for the first time since the world changed and the curse descended, strangers appear on the island. They’re on their way to England, seeking a powerful magic ring. And one of them seems to know Rory by sight…

Caught up in their quest, Rory enters an England of terrors and marvels, at the heart of which lies a place where journeys unimaginably longer and older than his will reach their end: Pendurra.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

"Magnificent." (Publishers Weekly (starred review))“A spiritual quest unfolding in an awe-inspiringly imagined dystopian world.” (Kirkus Reviews)“Recommended for fans of Lev Grossman’s The Magicians (2009) and other literary fantasy.” (Booklist) --This text refers to the Paperback edition. James Treadwell is the author of Advent and Anarchy. He was born, brought up, and educated within a mile of the Thames and has spent much of his life further reducing the distance between him and the river. He studied and taught for more than a decade near the crossing at Folly Bridge, Oxford, and now lives within sight of the Tideway in West London. He holds passports from the UK, US, and Canada. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • James Treadwell(Author)
  • HODDER STOUGHTON (February 26, 2015)
  • English
  • 6
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  • By Bray Russell Ford on March 6, 2016

    An excellent completion to a pretty incredible trilogy.

  • By J. Hamby on June 12, 2016

    Treadwell wraps up his series in a most satisfying manner. Maintaining tone and style with which he started, this is an almost cynical and certainly much more pragmatic approach to modern fantasy. Magic here is not "magical" but dark, threatening and grim. And Treadwell does a great job in not just conveying such a tone but providing the reasoning and logic for such a reaction to magic entering (or re-entering) our world.The pace is great and the plot with detail is rich enough to support the length of not just this concluding novel but the conclusion of the series as whole as well. This is definitely a third book despite the fact that Treadwell nicely takes the time to explore some different facts of his overall world with some new looks and characters. But make no mistake. His main purpose to tie everything together and deliver it as a series. New readers will want to start with book one for the full experience and Treadwell delivers in that regard here in my opinion.It is a nice entry to a stronger field of fantasy that includes not just more modern looks at the genre but also a determination to explore different aspects that are ignored for more traditional approaches. Yet this is also not one of the new style over substance works that I find pretentious at times or even have a slight self-loathing for the genre (Like the Magicians series).

  • By A. Allen on February 4, 2016

    Review based on an ARC (Advanced Reader's Copy received for free in exchange for an honest review).I re-read the first two books in the trilogy in order to "prepare" for the third and final installation. I again enjoyed Advent and continued to be impressed with Treadwell's creation of the world we know so well, as affected by magic in a way that we could not predict. I love some of the people and non-peoples he created, and the depth he gave some of his characters.I again particularly enjoyed Anarchy. I thought Treadwell did an excellent job of showing the chaos experienced by the reintroduction of magic in our world. I loved the new stories and new characters he introduced, and I liked how it all tied together in some way or another.So I was a bit disappointed with Arcadia. Arcadia begins about a year and a half after Anarchy ends, so magic has been well-incorporated into our world, and we have well screwed ourselves almost completely trying to deal with it. It's a sort of post-apocalyptic story in that sense, which is definitely my speed. But then Treadwell focuses our attentions on a single small island off the coast of England and we don't really experience the chaos of the world. Not that that is a bad story, it's just not what I was expecting. After the development in Anarchy, I was expecting Arcadia to be a bit more... exciting.Instead, we follow a ten-year-old boy who knows that he is likely to be the next (and last) "man" to die in his universe (the island), as a result of Them. If you have read the first 2 books, it is clear rather quickly who They are. If not, I can imagine this might actually create some uncertainty that could have been interesting. For me, though, it felt like the first 50-60% of the book was just repetition of how boring life on the island is; how scared everyone is of Them; how likely it is that the main character is going to go off to Them anyway; how crazy his mom is; and how frustrating the rest of the characters are. Treadwell's gifted writing is still rather evident, but it was just a bit of a (long) lull.That being said, when we get to the mainland and see more of the after-effect of the introduction of magic, and especially when we arrive in the Valley, the magic (heh heh) of Treadwell's writing is fully exposed. I *loved* the Valley and I loved how uncertain and creepy that whole part is.Ultimately, I felt that the end was a bit of anti-climax as well, but I also felt that Treadwell did a very good job of wrapping up... much. (but not all) All in all, I still definitely recommend the book as part of the trilogy. It is worth completing the trilogy and, overall, the trilogy is a great one. I like that it is involved and hearty and satisfying.So, overall, 3 1/2 stars (four on sites without halves) of five. Thanks to NetGalley for the copy!

  • By Karen Couch Brier on May 5, 2015

    This is the third book in the series and I'm happy to say that the story was engaging through all the changing personas, locations and perspectives. It's a dark series. Darker even than the Harry Potter series got in the end. The imagery is almost chilling and the creatures a lot more frightening than what we usually get with a book focused on magic. Definitely a great read. I went back and re-read the first two and enjoyed them just as much, perhaps even a bit more as a lot of things that were hinted at or foreshadowed were now more clear - some of them I missed altogether the first time, so glad I went back. I have only one question and that is - what happens to the Owl Boy? LOL

  • By J.B. on December 20, 2016

    I thought it was really good, only too big a gap between this and Anarchy


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