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Siege of Rage and Ruin

(The Wells of Sorcery #3)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  810 ratings  ·  73 reviews
Siege of Rage and Ruin is the explosive final adventure in Django Wexler's The Wells of Sorcery trilogy, an action-packed epic fantasy saga.

Isoka has done the impossible—she’s captured the ghost ship Soliton.

With her crew of mages, including the love of her life Princess Meroe, Isoka returns to the empire that sent her on her deadly mission. She’s ready to hand over the gh
Kindle Edition, 298 pages
Published January 5th 2021 by Tor Teen
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Django Wexler
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
It's always amazing to reach the end of a series! Thanks to everyone for reading, and I hope you have as much as I did. ...more
Galleywampus -
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read this book yet, but neither has that one star reviewer, so this marks a balancing placeholder. I haven't read a book by Wexler yet that I'd mark below 4 stars, and I don't anticipate this to be exception. ...more
Adah Udechukwu
Siege of Rage and Ruin is a great end to the series.
Annemieke / A Dance with Books
Thank you to Desirae Friesen from Tor for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not change my opinion in anyway.

Siege of Rage and Ruin heads towards the logic conclusion to the trilogy. It was a good and solid conclusion, and yet something was still missing to be more. 

After having survived the ship Soliton, having control over it and having created a new home for those with powers and outcasts, Isoka returns home to grab her sister and leave her home city behind forever. H
Django Wexler has always been an author that has never disappointed me so far, but I think that this is the first time I've finished one of his novels and felt some level of disappointment.

It's not a bad book, and 3 stars is still a rating that I generally give to books that I found to be average. Not good, not bad, just.... average. And while I love Wexler's creativity and his characters (the amount of strong female characters in this series is amazing), I have to agree with another reviewer wh
Aug 09, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teen revolutionaries, diverse morally questionable protagonists, waffling Emperors
I plowed through this trilogy to see how it ends, so I cannot bash the author or the books too hard: evidently they were entertaining enough to keep me reading.

Django Wexler reminds me a lot of Brandon Sanderson. I said this in my first review, because of the worldbuilding, and I'll say it again. There's a lot of magic that could only have been created by someone who spent his formative years playing Dungeons & Dragons. There's a lot of plotting that comes straight out of every fantasy author's
So unfortunately, this was my least favorite of the trilogy. I adore Django Wexler's writing, so it pains me to be anything less than thrilled with one of his works.

It simply felt too rushed and had a bit too neat of an ending. I know endings can be difficult, and it's not so much that I'm opposed to how it ends, as I am with what happens in between and how we got to the ending. Some parts of the story work - like, once again, highlighting the contrast between Tori and Isoka and really showcasin
Jul 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this trilogy, I love Isoka and I really came to like Tori almost as much. I do think book 2 was my favourite, just because there seemed to be more going on. A lot of things in this book seemed very convenient but it didn't effect my overall enjoyment of it.

Really solid trilogy.
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was ok
I'm finding it a bit difficult to talk about this book, my thoughts are a bit scattered and it's not exactly a great impression. But I will try.

First thing to notice here is that Django Wexler, dedicated this book to all first responders as it was written in 2020, a terrible year where they were risking their lives for our protection, so thank you from my side as well, I have a lot of family members who are doctors and it's worrying all the time.

Now why is that relevant to m
Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
That wraps up another series from my favorite author. Siege of Rage and Ruin is an adrenaline rush from start to finish. Isoka and the crew of the Soliton have finally arrived in Kahnzoka. Tori and the revolution are knee deep in, well revolution. This final book has it all from great action, to great characters, to an ending I am very satisfied with. Could it have given me a little more of course but I think for what this series has always been about from the beginning, it was just right.

Mar 27, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-but-read
Each books is better than the last. The development and decriptions of the characters get leaner and sharper.
I'm so in Love with this series showing how far you are preparated to go and what creepy stuff you can do in order to protect and be there for others. A harsh hard world still showing how the main people as humens with doubts and love etc and interacting according to their upbringing.
The growth of the characters and the magic is cool as ever. Would like a continuation and was a bit sad f
Mridupawan  Podder
Jan 08, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
End of another rivetting trilogy. I didn't care much for the ending, no plot twists to keep me on edge but what a brilliant tale this has been. Siege of Rage and Ruin could be the weakest of the three books but this was a story worth following until the very end.

Isoka, you're badass!
Jan 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finishing a series is always so nerve-wracking for me. Will I be satisfied with the ending? Will all the characters I love make it out in one piece? I am mostly happy with the way everything is at the end of this though I did feel like the last part was a bit rushed. I also felt that some favorites got pushed aside and were only in the story to make a quick save during a battle and then they disappeared into the background again. (Okay, I'm speaking of Zarun, I just love him so much and he just ...more
Jul 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Django Wexler really has a fantastic imagination and the "The Wells of Sorcery" trilogy really shows it off. This is the third and I really hope not the final visit to this universe. I really enjoyed it and the climatic volume closes out most of the loose points he had coming. As this is the last volume I am reluctant to describe much so as to not give away the plot. But the actions of the characters are what I expected and more. The growth of the characters has been enjoyable and you can see ho ...more
Apr 08, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Siege of Rage and Ruin is the explosive final adventure in Django Wexler's The Wells of Sorcery trilogy, an action-packed epic fantasy saga.
Isoka has done the impossible—she's captured the ghost ship Soliton.
With her crew of mages, including the love of her life Princess Meroe, Isoka returns to the empire that sent her on her deadly mission. She's ready to hand over the ghost ship as ransom for her sister Tori's life, but arrives to find her home city under siege. And Tori at the helm of a

Bonnie McDaniel
This last book of the Wells of Sorcery trilogy does a fine job of wrapping things up. One would hope this would be the case, of course, but I found this third book to be a satisfying, well-executed ending, with good payoffs for both the characters and the world.

The core of this book, and indeed the entire trilogy, is the relationship between the sisters Isoka and Tori. The first book is told from Isoka's POV, which is appropriate as the two are separated for the entire narrative. In the second,
Debby (Alwaysbooking)
4 Sisters Rule the World Stars

As a series overall I really enjoyed it, as the final book however it was not my favorite. I was kind of hoping for an epic battle with lots of magical well usage and etc. I got a lot of self loathing and hating each other and miscommunication. It kind of felt rushed for an ending, I guess I was hoping for more.

Now I don't want you to get the wrong idea, it had the same amazing characters. Almost everyone was back for more in this final book. As per usual I really
Amy Braun
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This finale felt like one large epic showdown. All the players were in place and it was time for the last conflicts and battles to be wrapped up. The story moved at a brisk pace, yet there were still plenty of moments for the characters to process and adapt to their situations.

Isoka was all but untouchable and while I would have liked to see her in more dangerous situations, i still rooted for her to survive. Her companions were quite entertaining, especially Jack, and there was still a sense o
Feb 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Trigger Warnings for: Violence & gore, death, confinement

I think I might not rate this because I skimmed the last half, so I can't really say I read all of it. I really enjoyed the first book, but felt the second book suffered a bit because of the addition of Tori. I wasn't very interested in her story. Unfortunately this book is mostly Tori's story. The super cool giant magic ship pretty much gets abandoned so we can spend the first half of the book in siege warfare and then the second half
Paula Kellogg
Feb 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Loved it

I really did love it. I only dropped a star due to editing. Maybe it was too long between books but there’s a couple of inconsistencies between this book and the other two. The biggest glaring inconsistency is the fact that she was living in the second word for the first two books and suddenly she lives in the third Ward. Every time I read about her being in third Ward I just got irritated. lol There’s a couple other minor editing errors also. It makes me wonder if he got a new editor. B
Ry Herman
I can't say I didn't enjoy reading this, but at the same time, I thought it lacked some of the best elements of the first two books - in particular, the revelations that came along with Soliton and Harbor, and the sense of dread and mystery. The book also felt a bit rushed overall. The subplot with the Emperor, in particular, could have used a lot more time to breathe, and all the characters but Tori and Isoka didn't seem to have much to do. It's a fun read and there's a lot to like about it, es ...more
May 19, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 21st-century, fantasy, ya
Django Wexler is just so much fun.
And he's such a thoughtful writer of politics, which is extremely fun to read. He knows how to balance the edge of "the revolution has to be believable" with "no one wants to read about the protagonists getting crushed like bugs".
Also, I had somehow forgotten that the b-plot in the last book existed and so they got to the city and I was like "Oh, right, Tori has been busy".
But the nice thing about these books is they are self contained and catch you up quickly o
May 28, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
I would have given Siege of Rage and Ruin a higher score, but this was a SHORT book. It actually had a great story, and I was finally invested with all the characters. The action set-piece in the climax was fantastic. Everything just happened too fast, and it just ended so quickly. Another 50-100 pages would have made this much better, with more time to develop the Isoka and Tori’s relationships with others (especially between Tori and Avyn). And after spending quite a bit of time with Garo, he ...more
I really enjoyed the ending to this series. It wasn't perfect but it was satisfying enough. Parts seemed a bit rushed and I was surprised by how short it was. I think it could have used another 100 pages, further detailing certain aspects. I also wish we could learn more about the Wells not touched on as much. But overall great ending to a new favorite series of mine. (Baby spoiler)
Also the gays get to live so that's a major plus. (end baby spoiler) Seriously, I don't know how this man does it b
Laura Menard
Jan 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was so excited to get my hands on the final book of this series, and it definitely delivered! First of all, I thought the plot was tight and well-paced. It resolved all the threads that had been brought up in the first books, and the resolution to both Isoka and Tori's threads was superb. The book teased out some really great themes about family, expectations, morality, responsibility, and sacrifice in an authentic and well-crafted way.

I'll miss reading about this world and these characters,
Stephen Harrison
Jan 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This is a YA book, and I'm more of an OA, but I really enjoyed the whole trilogy. I will admit that, like most YA books, I could see the result coming, I will also admit that I did not see how we would get there. Wexler's Shadow Campaign's is one of my favorite series. Although it is geared for a different audience than this one, The Wells of Sorcery was another piece of excellent work.The characters were intriguing and the magic system he developed was fascinating. I hope he goes back to more a ...more
Jun 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
A lovely and satisfying end to this trilogy. I have had this sitting in my queue a while, but was sidetracked by a couple other series, and regret taking so long to get through it. Finding out where the two plotlines met again, how they interacted, and how they overcame their obstacles was a rewarding and fascinating experience. Wexler has continued to improve throughout his career, and Siege of Rage and Ruin is no exception. Quite enjoyable, plenty of depth, consistent characters, and a very so ...more
Jul 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
I have really enjoyed this series, and the conclusion is no exception. My only complaint is that the ending felt too rushed - so basically I wanted more of the book!

I loved getting to see Tori come into her own, but also see Isoka realise that she’d been putting her on a pedestal. I also loved when they worked together, and getting to see some of the fun schemes.

I could probably have used more of Meroe and Jack - they always shine off the page and I will always want more of them as a result.

Blodeuedd Finland
Mar 20, 2022 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ya
I did feel that this book did not end on a high note. These books have been tough, gruesome and painful. But here there were some battles, but they all came through unscathed. Even when one was kidnapped she was safe. The book went from dark to more lightful. Which in these days is good, but at the same time it felt different from that which came before.

Isoka did not feel as powerful as before.
And Tori, I have a hard time believing she did all that.

Can't believe I say I wanted more death. i gue
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Django Wexler graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh with degrees in creative writing and computer science, and worked for the university in artificial intelligence research. Eventually he migrated to Microsoft in Seattle, where he now lives with two cats and a teetering mountain of books. When not planning Shadow Campaigns, he wrangles computers, paints tiny soldiers, and plays g ...more

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