The Ivory Tomb (Rooks and Ruin #3) by Melissa Caruso

My Five Word TL:DR Review : Superb conclusion to the series


Given recent family events I’m slightly behind with reviews so I’m going to keep this one short and sweet as I attempt to make some headway.  This is in no way a reflection of my feelings for this book and the series as a whole which has been a wonderful reading experience packed with action, emotion and character development.

The first thing I would mention is this is not the type of book that you should read (in my opinion) as a standalone, the two previous books provide so much groundwork and seeing the characters evolve during the course of their journey is, for me, one of the most memorable parts of the series as a whole, which isn’t a reflection on other elements such as pacing (fast), action (breathtaking) and plot (excellent).  The second thing I would also point out, is that if you haven’t yet read this instalment but are planning to do so you might want to be aware that spoilers may be lurking, although I generally try to avoid these.

Well, Caruso certainly delivered a dark and punchy story and an absolutely satisfying conclusion.  I cannot tell a lie, the pacing is positively non stop, as is the action and the author mercilessly puts her characters and her world through the wringer.  I reached a point quite early where I was literally feeling sorry for them!  The world itself is left reeling from the devastation and destruction caused by the unleashing of the demons, it’s like the apocalypse has arrived and it’s running amok leaving bodies in it’s wake.

I really enjoyed the overall plot for the whole series.  There’s a lot to take in and I’m not going to try and give an overview here but the scope of this series is very impressive.

And, for the romance lovers out there – and even for those who don’t fall into that bracket (myself usually included) – the relationship between two of the central characters is an absolute must read and was without doubt one of my favourite elements of the book – it’s so easily developed, no instalove here, great banter and an overall steady pace that is lovely to read.

This is an author that I will watch eagerly to see what she comes up with next.  Clearly a great talent and unbridled imagination.

My rating 4.5 of 5 stars.