When those rules about not destroying books go out the window, or my review of Tomb of Ancients

tomb of ancients

Tomb of Ancients (House of Furies #3)

By: Madeleine Roux

Publisher: HarperTeen

Publication Date: May 14th, 2019

Format: Hardback

The war between old gods and monsters comes to a thrilling climax in this final book in the “darkly delightful”* House of Furies series, from the New York Times bestselling author of Asylum. (*Publishers Weekly)

Free from the nightmares of Coldthistle House, Louisa and her friends have taken up a posh new London residence. But there’s no rest for the wicked. Religious zealots from the shepherd’s flock are gathering in the city, and ominous warnings are being left on Louisa’s doorstep. With the evil influence of her father’s spirit growing stronger—trying to take over—Louisa knows she will be forced to pick a side in the coming war between the old gods, whether she’d like to or not.

To save herself, Louisa is desperate enough to do whatever it takes—even if it means returning to Coldthistle House and striking another deal with Mr. Morningside. To uphold her end of the bargain, Louisa will have to rejoin his supernatural staff to venture to a gateway between worlds, a place of legend: the Tomb of Ancients. But, as always, there’s a catch…

4 star (griffin)

Tomb of Ancients opens with a bit of a bang. Though her life was saved, Louisa has found that Father is rattling around in her head, threatening to drive her mad and there are some Upworlders hot on her heels. Desperate, Louisa decides to seek out Mr. Morningside once more and she and her friends return to find that the events of the previous book have sent Coldthistle House into chaos.

The journal entries are once again present here, this time reflecting on Mr. Morningside’s own history. His past had never been explored in such depth before and I enjoyed seeing him through someone else’s eyes as well as where Mrs. Haylam fits in. 

There is a large host of new characters and creatures who serve to naturally flesh out the ever expanding universe Louisa has found herself in. And then there are the old favorite returning characters, Mary (herself this time) and Chijioke are happy in their long distance relationship and after Court of Shadows I couldn’t be happier. I felt that Louisa and Khent had great chemistry and I loved their banter throughout the book, I just wish their relationship was built up more. I felt continuously on the cusp of loving these two as a couple but never received had a moment where it really clicked. 

This finale was much more action packed than its predecessors, but it didn’t feel out of place and actually felt like an organic place for the story with the world of Coldthistle House becoming  more and more volatile with each book. Filled once again with beautifully creepy illustrations, Tomb of Ancients brings the series to a satisfying conclusion with Louisa playing with very high stakes against the most ancient of creatures to save her own mind and manipulating the devil himself to finally cut her ties to him. 

Disclaimer: The synopsis and cover picture were pulled from the book’s Goodreads page. Neither belong to us. A copy of the book was provided in exchange for an honest review.

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