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Into the Dying Light: The Age of Darkness, Book 3

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Sweeping finale of end-times drama centers gay love story.

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This sweeping finale with end-times excitement sometimes lacks solid pacing and clarity, but always keeps love as its focal point. And after two other books in the series where you're not sure whose love story will dominate, now there's no doubt this is Anton and Jude's show. The couple has incredibly difficult choices to make, a deadly prophesy to fulfill if all goes awry (and it almost does, many times) and a wrathful god to defeat. While whole cities fall and rivers run with blood -- about as ominous as it gets -- this romance holds the crumbling world and the book together. Another spot of hope is Ephyra's story. She's a killer turned healer who learns the power of mercy and redemption.

It's helpful to have all these personal, grounding moments because at times Into the Dying Light gets too caught up in the chaos. There are so many kingdoms and religious orders and secret societies and prophets and zealots and holy artifacts to keep track of. And there are moments that build -- like a nearly endless trip through the mountains -- and then deliver too swift a disappointment. And there are many changes of plans on this quest. While these changes slow down the story in the middle, they actually work well in the end to keep readers guessing whether the world will fall or love and humanity will survive.

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