Rating: 5 stars out of 5
The Mages’ Guild Trilogy: Book Three
Zaree Muna’s loyalty to her brother Tasis has taken her to some strange places, but she never could’ve predicted ending up where she now finds herself. The victims of a spell, Tasis and his familiar are unable to wake, leaving Zaree and her allies to face the mad king of Archai on their own. Their quest brings them face-to-face with the Maker herself, and she offers a dire prophecy: they’ll suffer three deaths as they fight for the fate of their world. They’ll lose two people close to them before the final death threatens their chance of victory.
But Zaree isn’t planning to give up—not on Tasis’s dream and not on their future. If that means staring down death, she’s ready. A thousand years is too long to let their struggles end in anything but triumph.
Magic Triumphed (The Mages’ Guild Trilogy #3) by Andi Van is the exactly the right conclusion I was hoping for. It’s soaring in its imaginative qualities, full of adventure and suspense. All the characters we have come to know and love are present and fully involved in saving the world in a manner that has us cheering for more. And Andi Van gives us additional characters barely hinted at but now fully fleshed out, complete with their own relationships, and roles to play.
The only thing missing? I really wanted to see those giant dogs!
I love a saga that gives me a origin mythology and dragons too. Be still my heart. Plus Van leaves room at the end for further, if not sequels, then connected stories and hopefully more series because the world building here is exceptional. From the Grey Forest elves to the gryphons, to the Maker and all the dragons and Guilds, the continued expansion of the universe that the author is creating throughout the trilogy just cries out for more.
That goes for the relationships here too. The triad of Emlynn,Jorget, and Nabiha (with baby brother Malik of course) need their story along with Zaree and Reikos, should that be who she ends up with, you never know. There are so many powerfully conceived characters here who deserve stories all their own in this marvelous universe, empty Guilds that need to live again and a world that still needs so much healing.
Andi Van brought all these beings and this world alive to me. I sank into it for three stories. Magic Triumphed was an emotional high, It brought a complicated magically gorgeous saga to a great ending yet made me feel as though another journey could yet still be ready to start. I hope that Andi Van is listening….
Love fantasy? Here is a trilogy to dive into and become a part of. Beautifully written, fantastical creatures and wonderful characters, it will leave you both satisfied and wanting more. How great is that?
I highly recommend the entire trilogy which should be read in the order is was written.
Cover Art: Tiferet Designs. Gorgeous cover with the beautiful rendering of Zaree on the cover. Love it.