The Labyrinth by Allen Houston
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I received a free copy of The Labyrinth in return for an honest review.
The Labyrinth is the third book in the Nightfall Gardens trilogy and boy what a trilogy this was! It's been a long time since I have enjoyed a fantasy series as much as I have enjoyed this one. I'm really fussy when it comes to fantasy, this trilogy had everything I would ask for in dark fantasy and I really can't do justice to how much fun and enjoyment that these books brought me.
On picking up book one I didn't realise just how much I would be drawn into the story and how everything else would be put on hold till I was finished the whole set. I read all three books in just over 3 days, I just couldn't put them down. I was fighting with myself the whole time I was reading, I wanted to put it down so it would last longer but I just couldn't stay away. I struggled to take it slow and not to peek further down the page while reading, I wanted the books to last for as long as possible.
The characters were very well done and were well developed and fleshed out, they each had their own part to play and played them well. I was swept up in their story, rooting for the good guys and hoping for the bad guys to get what they deserved. The plot was so much fun, I was captivated and totally immersed in the wonderful world that the author created and built so well. The atmosphere was dark, gothic and very creepy at times and the creatures and scenes the author created and described were so vivid they set my imagination alight. I felt like a child again, lost in an adventure full of all sorts of wonders and nightmares.
My only negative would be the personality of Furrina, it just didn't work for me. The character was fine but her dialogue and personality was too modern for who she was and the circumstances she was in. Not going to take off any stars for that though because that was just a very minor personal annoyance.
I don't think I have ever given 5 stars to every book in a single series, so doing so with Nightfall Gardens is a first for me and all three books are going on my favourites of 2015 shelf. Definitely one I would highly recommend to those who like their fantasy more on the dark side. I would love to see this trilogy as a movie.
Reviews for the previous books in the trilogy: Book One Nightfall Gardens | Book two The Shadow Garden
Reviews also posted to my blog: Scarlet's Web
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