Captivating Storytelling and World-Building
4.5 out of 5 stars
C.T. Phipps delivers another compelling installment in the Wraith Knight series with Wraith King. As the final battle looms, the story unfolds with intricate world-building, adding depth to an already rich universe. Phipps touches on the complexities of war, alliances, and the consequences of wielding immense power.
One thing I probably mention in every review is Phipps’ ability to seamlessly blend high-action sequences with moments of levity. While this one leans more towards serious tones compared to its predecessors (and Phipps’ other works), he retains his signature flair for unexpected humor, creating beautiful moments of levity and pause between the serious scenes. The ability to stop and take a breath (or catch your breath from laughing) always sets the tone for Phipps’ work and it’s easily one of my favorite parts of any story he writes.
Known for his well-designed and thought-out worlds, Phipps continues to showcase his prowess in creating a narrative that captivates readers. Wraith King takes the series in a different direction, and the depth added to the characters’ experiences making the journey all the more impactful. He also explores the theme of “good vs. evil” from unique perspectives. Wraith King is no exception, presenting a captivating blend of fantasy-typical-trope elements while subverting expectations, elevating the narrative beyond conventional boundaries. The plot not only serves as a satisfying conclusion but also leaves room for future exploration of the intriguing world Phipps has crafted.
The seriousness of the events in Wraith King sets it apart, making the narrative hit home on a deeper level. The changes in tone and the characters’ evolution contribute to an emotional resonance that lingers even after the final page. C.T. Phipps has not only delivered an exciting conclusion but has also laid the groundwork for further exploration of this captivating world.
Wraith King kicks off with a new narrator which is usually hard, but I thought that Samuel E. Hoke did a great job. His narration enhances the overall experience, bringing the characters to life with a natural and engaging performance. His ability to navigate the diverse cast of characters adds another layer to the immersive quality of the audiobook.
Overall, ‘Wraith King’ solidifies Phipps’ reputation for crafting engaging and thought-provoking fantasy narratives. This installment, with its intricate storytelling, character development, and unexpected twists, ensures that readers will eagerly anticipate the next chapter in the Wraith series.
Jacob Riverson, Regina Whitetremor, and Serah Brightwaters have assembled the greatest army the Northern Wasteland has ever achieved, but it still may not be enough. The tyrant, Empress Morwen, has gathered all of the forces of the Southern Continent to invade, along with an army of airships and enslaved divine spirits. It is a battle that will determine the fate of all three worlds.
But is the battle a cover for something much worse? After a horrifying disaster, Jacob is left broken and injured in a way that he’s never felt before. His powers weakened and his spirit spent, he receives an offer that he cannot afford to refuse. But this deal comes with allies he cannot trust, and a cure that may be worse than the disease.Wraith King by CT Phipps
Narrator: Samuel E. Hoke
Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
Series: Wraith Knight #3
Published by Crossroad Press on September 5th 2023
Also by this author: Cthulhu Armageddon, Agent G: Infiltrator, The Tower of Zhaal, Lucifer's Star
Also in this series: Wraith Knight, Wraith Lord
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