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Reign of Shadows

(Descendants #3)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  214 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Brianna can see her future, but it's the past that haunts her. Plans laid in place centuries ago are threatening not only her and her sister, but all of the Seven Lines. As the shadows plot their way to old rule, the visions shift again. Her power has led to some hard choices—and the occasional stab wound—but this set of futures holds nothing but darkness.

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Paperback, 220 pages
Published July 2014 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published 2014)
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Jade Klinger
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
In Reign of Shadows we learn more dark things about Brianna Drake's world.
Aren,Emily,Brianna,and Logan finally feel that they're all safe from the wrath of Morgan, now that he's captivated,and has not powers.

So Brianna goes on with her life with Logan believing that the prophecy is fulfilled.

All until she starts to get the horrible dreams and visions that are about the prophecy.
Learning that they are in grave danger, Brianna sets out trying to depicter how the prophecy and their lives will all
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fantasy Fans
Wow I am sad I've come to the end of this amazingly unique series! I loved how the prophecy wasn't really revealed until the last book, it kept me reading wanting to know what was going to happen next. The two sisters (Brianna and Emily) seem to be opposite magically, and it was interesting waiting to find out which one was "the chosen". I love the magical systems Melissa came up with! The shades, prophets and line of the Seven and of course humans lol. It made sense and the story unfolded beaut ...more
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a crazy ride! Review to come.
Jenn Bradshaw
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sam-s-read
I am back with another review, completing the Descendants series by Melissa Wright. The final book that ties the fates of Brianna, Logan, Emily and Aern together just so happens to be called Reign of Shadows and is told in the third person perspective of all of the characters, which I find is great way to tell the story whereas you are looking not only at one character, but at the villians, and the good guys. So, yeah, good story. I loved how Callan (the anti-hero, I guess you could call him) ha ...more
Wow! I actually really liked conclusion to Descendants trilogy. Previous two books were both 3.5* reads for me but this one was completely different. I finally understood what was going on there and I think I might've liked Logan more than Aern. This was fast paced, full of action and shadows. Bravo.

Czech Review:
Daleko lepší než předchozí dva díly série. Hodně akce, napětí, lepší postavy... Rozhodně si od autorky ještě něco přečtu, protože poslední díl téhle trilogie mě vážně bavil.


The third book in The Descendants series is more of a two and a half star book for me personally, so I chose to mark it down rather than up. I enjoyed this book the least of the three, and if I hadn't been determined to find out what happens then I would have probably put this book down and not bothered with it. I felt invested in the characters enough from the previous books to basically get me through this one, I definitely couldn't say I enjoyed it though, as at times I had to really force my ...more
Feb 03, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-z-2015
What a satisfying conclusion to such a unique trilogy. I won't talk about it too long but here are just some quick thoughts I have:

-POV change: I loved that this book was third person, whereas the other two were told from Brianna and Aern's views. The fact that it changed was so interesting and I loved it. I honestly almost wish the entire trilogy was third person though. This view allowed for readers to get glimpses into other parts of the world which answered many of the que
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"She turns them" couldn't you have been a little more specific so people, like me, did not jump to the conclusion that she used some kind of Sway to Turn Them. Seriously I was thinking during this whole book that she used some mojo sway on them and made them do her bidding, see where my thinking got me. I am sad to see this series come to an end or is it the end? The """"" were a little less forthcoming in what they said so maybe there will be more ...more
Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
A very good last installment. I could really feel the "grittiness" of the situation the main characters were dealing with, and that's something you want out of a book.

The only thing I'd have to comment would be the sudden shift to the third person in this book. I know the author did it because there were more POVs in this one, but it was still weird, and honestly, it made me feel a little less connected to everyone.
Barbara Sykeshaha
Great storyline

I always hate when I finish a good book. Especially when the storyline is left open and the next book not out yet. Boohoo
Harry McCudden
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Get this trilogy. Great read, well crafted.
I loved it.
Saruuh Kelsey
((4.5 stars))

This is by far one of my favourite series of all time. And certainly my favourite indie author. Melissa Wright has written one of the best urban fantasy series I have ever read. I'm in love with the Descendants.

Reign of Shadows introduces us to a whole new threat, one that has been watching and waiting all through the events of Bound By Prophecy and Shifting Fates, and builds on the lore of the Shadows we first saw in book two. I didn't completely understand what they were in the se
Cassandra (Thebookishcrypt)
*I was sent a copy in exchange for an honest review.*
Honestly, I thought I didn't have much of a review because I was almost done with the book before I realized I hadn't written down any thoughts but I'm wrong!
Yes, this book was that intense and gripping! I'm happy to say that this book is action-packed, it doesn't let up even if it is the third book in the series. This series make you question everyone's motives behind every action they make and it keeps you on your toes and the edge of you se
Feb 09, 2015 rated it really liked it

A nice ending to a fast-paced urban fantasy, that is perfect for a quick read. – Abooktopia

I adored how Reign of Shadows was written in third person rather than first, and how it transferred back between different characters in order to give us readers a better understanding of what was happening. Since the final novel was written in third person instead, it was much easier for readers to catch a better understanding of how Melissa’s world worked. Although I know
JB Lynn
Feb 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
A nice solid ending to a very fast-paced trilogy. I enjoyed all the action and appreciated that a lot of the mysteries and questions were revealed in this book. Unlike the first two books in the series which are written in 1st person (each from a different character's perspective), this final book switched to 3rd person and bounced around to quite a few different characters. I'm still not sure how I feel about that decision, though I absolutely can see that it was necessary in order to share inf ...more
Leah Speller
Whether young adult, new adult frankly any age at this point I believe any can find enjoyment from this series. The mature audience may not see much depth to the characters but the read would be on the light side for when you just want something relaxing to read.

I enjoyed the story arc and depth of the world she created. It was truly different in how those with special powers did not think of themselves as humans and tried to keep apart from them as well. The characters did gain more dimensions
Arnild Aldepolla
Oct 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
The conclusion of the Descendants series is mind blowing!

This book has a multiple POV's but most likely, Brianna's perspective. since she's a Prophet, it's focuses on her visions.

The gang is facing an epic battle, since Morgan is defeated, an ancient shadows arise!! Then And it turns out that the twins aren't what they thought they were. ....I'm not going to tell you what really happens, since I hate spoilers.

There's still some of my questions an answered, and I think the details is uncomplete
Brittany | BookRamblings
A must-read continuation of the Descendants series!!The author definitely does not disappoint with the twists, turns, fighting and suspense.

The stakes are higher than ever as Brianna discovers an old threat... the other shadows. But is that everyone who is working against her? And how will they survive against some of the most powerful, strong members who have the upmost control over their powers? Especially when they have only just discovered their own...?

I thoroughly enjoyed this riveting finale to Wright's paranormal series. Aptly named, this is not a novel of black and white, good verses evil. Much like the world we live in, Brianna and Aern are constantly faced with gray choices and shadows. An excellent ending to an excellent series. ...more
Linda (Hua) Farmer
Feb 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
Nope, not a fan. Sorry, but Wright's storytelling is unnecessarily convoluted. I actually love open-ended "endings," but this one is shite. ...more
Apr 09, 2015 rated it liked it
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Julie Daniels
Jul 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A new favorite series for sure! Review to come! :)
Jan 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Too many POVs. This book ends I
a cliffhanger type fashion. Can't help but wonder if there's more drama occurring.
Cyd Taylor
Jan 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this series
Mar 11, 2015 rated it liked it
I'm still not sure I understand what went down, but overall and okay read. Enjoyable, but put-downable. And that's all I've really got to say about that. ...more
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Melissa is the author of a dozen fantasy and YA novels including the Frey Saga and SEVEN WAYS TO KILL A KING. She is currently working on the next book, but when not writing can be found collecting the things she loves at Goodreads and Pinterest. Contact her through the web at ...more

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