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The Shadow King

(The Raveling #3)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  1,161 ratings  ·  93 reviews
The conclusion to the story that began with The Crimson Queen and continued with the Silver Sorceress . . .

Scarred by what transpired on the island of the sorceress Niara, Keilan and his companions journey north, bearing a weapon forged to end the unnatural existence of the Chosen. But the sand is trickling through the hourglass, as the demon-children are laboring to bri
Kindle Edition, 506 pages
Published November 21st 2019
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Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5/5 stars

A thoroughly wonderful classic fantasy story with a modern narrative.

The Shadow King is the third book in The Raveling series by Alec Hutson. Two thumbs up to Hutson for writing an entire trilogy that’s consistently very good and extremely well-polished in every aspect of quality. Considering that this is the last book in the series, there isn’t anything I can say in this review regarding the details of the plot, except that the story in The Shadow King picks up immediately from where
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Raveling trilogy is a throwback, classic epic fantasy story that is smartly plotted and tightly written, with detailed world-building and a deep well of rich lore that draws on both eastern and western cultures. It is also an extremely polished work, and would fit perfectly in the bookshelves of any fantasy enthusiast. The Shadow King concludes what is a truly thrilling adventure that will have you pumping your fist while grimacing with anticipation. Although the trilogy may be over, I hope ...more
Deborah Obida
Jun 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, fantasy
That was awesome.

The Shadow King is the third and final book in The Raveling trilogy, I finally got to know what the title of the series meant and I wasn’t disappointed. The backstory of the raveling is so sad, everything that happened was due to people’s selfishness and the need to cling to life and power.

“One man’s god is another man’s demon,”

The events in this book happened a few weeks after the other book, there was no time jump. This book is action packed, both magical and mundane, lot
Jun 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
That was a solid finish to Alec Hutson's The Raveling trilogy. The characters, magic, and story all seemed to grow in each book. Hutson's writing flows so well, and he details each character arc out with precision. The ending did seem a little rushed, but that really didn't take away from the fun I've had reading these books and being immersed in this world. I hope Hutson decides to return in the future, because the last chapter and epilogue really leaves this open for maybe a stand-alone or fol ...more
Laura Hughes
A phenomenal finale. The Raveling trilogy is epic fantasy at its finest.
Francisco Godoy
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
Very hard to finish

I struggled to finish this book. There are very few dialogues between the characters. The book is mostly several long and unnecessary narratives that could have been reduced by half. Every time I started to get interested and felt like the story picked up the pace the next chapter would bring another POV and start again with the long descriptions and very slowly build pace again

There are also many deus ex machina moments throughout the book. Every character is saved by somethi
Jeffrey Hall
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was fortunate enough to read the 3rd book in Alec Hutson's Raveling series prior to release, and must say that is the best in the series, which is saying something considering how fantastic the Crimson Queen and Silver Sorceress are. The Shadow King pulls out all the stops and explores the world of the Raveling in exquisite detail, taking readers deep into its past and exploring its terrifying secrets. If you loved the world Hutson had created before, you will only love it more as the mythos h ...more
Jon Adams
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Well done. I can't wait for the next one. ...more
Anushka Sierra
May 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, catalogued
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Synopsis: Keilan tries to recuperate from his run-in with the Silver Sorceress while on the run from the fanatic religious soldiers of Menekar, the Pure. Meanwhile, an Ancient being begins to awaken, threatening the world and everything in it.

I previously likened this series to a TV show, racing through arcs as soon as they come up. In that case, The Shadow King is sort of like that season series finale where important stuff seems to be happe
Jan 26, 2020 rated it liked it
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3.5 stars. OK, but book and ultimately entire series seemed a bit anticlimactic.
Effie Eshel
Feb 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Reading the three books has annoyed me very much. A great story, well written with likable characters. So why only three an a half stars? Too many POVs all ending with a cliffhanger, too many small details of everything from landscapes to people. Way too long inner conversations, doubts and inner conversations that distract from the flow of the story. There were also many questionable decisions by the major characters that were so ignorant, that made me shudder, like going into a major war witho ...more
Karla Schneider
Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Joe Jackson
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"The Shadow King" brings the Raveling series to a brilliant close. The strength of Hutson's characters and sharp worldbuilding continue unabated here, and we get some twists and surprises all the way to the very end - and not just of the story variety.

I think one of the best things about this is that while the characters grow, they don't just all become super-powerful to win in the end, and even those who were incredibly strong at the start still get tripped up, they fall, and they fail. Nothing
Bree Pye
Jan 18, 2022 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
A solid finish to this trilogy. Still, I felt like all the threads didn't quite come together on this one. Lots of unfinished business, and some business addressed almost as an afterthought (can we say epilogue?) There was no slow build to a story climax, just lots of action in different places that sort of came together in unrealistic and convenient ways. This installment had a lot of action, but lacked anything resembling character depth, which is the most important part of a story to me.

Mar 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Phenomenal ending to a fantastic series. It's just engaging, fun, and thrilling epic fantasy.

Very clearly left off with some remaining threads that can be picked up and carried for another story too, but it still wrapped up enough of the big questions that it doesn't feel like a cliffhanger. I wager if you're here, you've already read and enjoyed the first two, but if not.. I can't recommend this book (and series!) enough.
Still an interesting book but the ending feels rushed. It has a lot of similarities with The Wheel of Time.

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Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
May 10, 2022 rated it really liked it
A very satisfying end to this well-written trilogy.
Oct 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
The third, and final, book of “The Raveling,” “The Shadow King” concludes the adventures of Keilan, Nel, Senacus, Alyanna, Cho Lin, Jan, and Queen d’Kara in grandiose fashion. This series was, for me, thoroughly satisfying in its conclusion, yet the execution of “The Shadow King” left me a little disgruntled in places. It’s an amazing series that I happily and fully endorse, but I feel this book is somewhat weaker for the things it did not do.

Namely, I found myself disappointed at the cliffhang
Jan 23, 2020 rated it liked it
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Devin Grey

I feel like this first part of the series didn't really do any justice for Keilan as the stories MAIN PROTAGONIST. I mean we learn that he's a talent but his use of magic is barely explored throughout the entire series.

Keilan's also clearly gifted in the understanding of ancient texts that nobody else can even read to the point that he pulls philosophical quotes and poems out of thin air randomly that provide nothing other than "thats deep" moments. He grasps sword-fighting with such ease tha
Nikki Turner
Aug 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Shadow King brings Alec Hutson's The Raveling series to a satisfying conclusion. The pace picked up nicely in this book and towards the end I couldn't put it down. The character of Cho Lin really grew on me too.

I have a couple of small quibbles. I really would have liked to see Keilan come into his power a little more. He was the MC with this supposed wealth of magical talent, but he spends very little time developing or using it. Perhaps this was a conscious choice to avoid the "all powerfu
Gerald Nunn
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fitting conclusion

First major kudos to the author for including summaries of the previous books. This is something I wish every series of books did given the typical time between entries.

Like the previous entries I very much enjoyed this book. It brought the series to a fitting conclusion and I'll miss reading about Kaelian, Nel, Cho and the other great characters. The series did a great job of world building, hopefully the author will set some future stories here, so much potential.
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great conclusion to this debut trilogy by one of my favorite new fantasy authors.

I really wasn't sure how Hutson was going to wind up all the various threads he'd begun weaving over books 1 and 2. And to be honest I like series - long series. I like to sink my teeth into epic fantasy worlds and live with the characters and explore the story and worldbuilding for some time. But wind up all the reads Hutson did. Well, the main ones ;)

This is a rip-roaring yarn of a novel. Alive with vibrant wor
Jan 07, 2021 rated it liked it
I’m sad to say that this book was underwhelming. Too many POVs, too many inner dialogues, nothing really happened for the first 30% and at the end we are left with some unanswered questions or rushed explanations.
I still liked some character developments and some choices the author made, but in the end it wasn’t satisfying enough.
The world is cool, some of the characters are really well thought, but the execution was lacking at times
Calvin Park
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Alec Hutson concludes his sprawling, epic fantasy trilogy with The Shadow King. This is epic fantasy in a classic vein written for modern audiences. It’s excellent. The characters come alive, and we cheer for their successes and mourn for their failures. The world building continues to be phenomenal, and the plot rushes to a superb conclusion.

As the third book in the trilogy, The Shadow King has the advantage of all the setup having happened in the previous books. That means it could focus entir
Margaret Day
Dec 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The scope and depth of these three books of The Raveling is just wonderful. It's not often you get a series where all of the books are equally strong but this trilogy is consistent in it's quality and that quality is definitely of the five start variety.

The overall arc of the story is perfectly crafted, gathering in the main characters, giving them perfectly formed back stories, strengths and flaws, none are 2 dimensional, even the minor characters could have been drawn out and had a story of th
Alan Behan
Oct 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wow what a conclusion to this absolutely brilliant series. The Raveling trilogy is a classic epic fantasy story that is excellently written, with beautifully detailed worldbuilding, plot and setting. Alec Hutson gives us well of flavours of lore from both eastern and western cultures. For anyone who loves an epic story, this would fit perfectly on your bookshelves of all you fantasy lovers out there. The Shadow King concludes what is a truly thrilling adventure that will have you not wanting thi ...more
Jul 19, 2020 rated it liked it
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John Walden
Jul 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
I have never disliked yet identified with a main character more. So many fantasy novels follow an MC that starts off with no skills and ends up the strongest hero after a brief but tumultuous training period. This is not one of those series. Kailan goes through so much in less than a year period throughout 3 books and is only nominally more useful by the end but so frustratingly unable to learn from his past mistakes over an over. But his flaws make him feel so much more human than other 2D char ...more
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