What if you were imprisoned for all eternity?
In the aftermath of the Ritual of Night, everything has changed.
The Eight Immortals have catastrophically failed to stop Kihrin's enemies, who are moving forward with their plans to free Vol Karoth, the King of Demons. Kihrin has his own ideas about how to fight back, but even if he's willing to sacrifice everything for victory, the cost may prove too high for his allies.
Now they face a choice: can they save the world while saving Kihrin, too? Or will they be forced to watch as he becomes the very evil they have all sworn to destroy.
Book 4 in the series and it's still as fresh as Book 1!! I can't believe the series is almost at the end - one more book to go :( - but this is another gripping, emotional and pulsating instalment to the series that I will be very sad to say goodbye to!
The House of Always is a more mature, character driven story than the past books, and that was quite nice! It had a different style and change of pace to some of the action in the previous books and it felt good to spend more time connecting with each character as they faced new dangers and dilemmas. You could see how the different relationships between them were changing so you feel like you get more feel for each character, which isn't always easy when there's too much action going on.
That's not to say there's no action going on in this story! There is plenty! There's battles with demons and dragons, betrayals galore, sacrifices and magic for you to enjoy. Added to the normal mix of maps, floorplans and the wondrous footnotes that I just can't get enough of! The footnotes are a book in themselves and just add that little something extra to each part of the story!!
The main crux of the story for the characters to work out is why they're all trapped at the Lighthouse of Shadrag Gor, and how they can rescue Kihrin from inside the mind of a god! Sounds like an easy task right?! No chance!!
It's also told from the point of view of Senera which adds a new dynamic to things and I loved finding out more about her past! None of them ever seem to have nothing to hide!
There are arguments and betrayals, but also an overwhelming feel of unity - 'the world changed' is a phrase that is used a lot and you really do get that sense of each action they take having a greater impact on the outcome of each battle.
I found this to be real edge of the seat stuff throughout and it has just fitted so nicely into the series, with things building perfectly for the next installment.... I hope we're not waiting too long! I don't think I can cope without knowing what is in store next!!
My thanks to the team at Black Crow PR for the advanced reader copy in return for a fair and honest review!