Though Darkness Comes: Book 3 of The Remus Rothwyn Chronicles by T. P Grish
Having fled to Norlathaa to hide themselves, and the mighty Shard of Palrinah, from the foes who mercilessly hunt them, Remus and his companions must navigate the deadly political landscape of double-crosses and power grabs that confronts them.
The Steelwielders and Paragonites pursue the holy item of power, taking advantage of the sweltering corruption that plagues the monarchic government of Norlathaa, spreading a web of eyes and ears. Other factions stalk the shadows of the temperate land, agents of the great Cities, and Fey tribes congregate in their lairs, enacting a great magick to counter the rise of whatever group of Humanity claims the artefact.
Old friends and enemies become intermeshed in the conflict, and Remus, Elaina and Perfidian must find safe harbour in the bard’s homeland, struggling to understand the meaning of home and the ramifications of power, and, ultimately, to seek a way to end the threat the Shard of Palrinah bodes for Glenryth, once and for all.
My Rating: 3.5
I think as a writer T. P Grish has developed a lot in this book. More depth has been added to the main characters and there is a lot of world building involved as well. I especially liked the bard, Perifidian in this one over Remus and Elaina. As for the Shard of Palnirah, it truly feels like an immensely powerful weapon.
However the book drags in many places. Some of the scenes involving minor characters felt more like an excuse of telling about all the politics going on. And there are scenes where the author keeps jumping from one character’s head to the other one’s; I felt the book would have read better if the author hadn’t done so.
Overall though, Though Darkness Comes is definitely a book I recommend. It is much better than the previous two books and if for nothing else, you must read it just for the well rounded main characters.