PRE-SENTS. . .
Shadows Have Gone
Book 3 of End of All Things Series
by Lissa Bryan
Release Date: March 26 , 2015
Genre: FICTION / Dystopian/ Romance / General
ISBN e-book: 978-1-61213-375-1
Carly Daniels knows what it is to suffer loss. She knows what it is to sacrifice. In the two years since a pandemic virus—known only as the Infection—decimated humanity, she’s made choices she never could have imagined. She’s condoned violence in the name of peace and done the unthinkable in the name of mercy. But with Justin at her side, she’s also learned there’s nothing she can’t face and nothing she wouldn’t do to protect those she loves.
But now another threat has arrived in the form of a uniformed man driving an army truck, claiming to represent the remnant of the United States military. Someone has set their sights on their community . . . and on Justin. The struggle to defend their little homeland is far from over, and the visitors may have brought more danger with them than just their weapons.
The shadows are closing in. Carly has to find out whether she has the strength to stand on her own when all of her support has fallen away. What remains when the shadows have gone?
Finally… the series comes to and end, and what a rollercoaster it has been.
Picking up exactly where book two leaves off, we find Carly being her usual hopeful self, whilst Justin is naturally cautious. He knows there’s no easy fix to the world they are adapting to survive in. Having said that, their small town/settlement are doing more than just surviving, they are actually living.
Throughout this book, all of the characters have hard decisions to make, ones that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. They also, especially the younger characters, learn some very important lessons, which in some ways, only an apocalyptic or dystopian world can teach. Such as Kaden losing his best friend. I expected him to crumble, but he doesn’t. This sad event helps him begin to open up to Carly more too, which is wonderful to read.
One of my favourite moments throughout the entire book was the conversation between Carly and Pearl. Throughout the first two books, I was suspicious of Pearl. I never knew why, and half expected her to turn on them all. I think I felt this way because it becomes clear that Pearl doesn’t trust herself. Due to events in her past, she has become closed off and almost cold, not allowing herself to grow close to anyone. Her back story is heartbreaking, but finally talking about it proves how strong she is, to herself.
While I laughed, especially at Justin’s flashbacks, I spent most of the second half of this book with tears in my eyes. The past catches up with Justin, and for a while he thinks he can ignore it, but he knows it won’t last forever. Once he realises this, and decides to meet it head on, I had my heart in my mouth. I knew what I wanted to happen, but naturally, in this harsh world, things are never easy.
Shadows have Gone is the perfect ending to an amazing series. I hope there are more stories in this world, because I’m not quite ready to let them go. Justin and Carly’s story may be over(ish) for now, but there are other characters I would love to know more about, and how they arrived in Colby.
Well worthy of 5 stars!!
~~ABOUT THE AUTHOR~~
Lissa Bryan is an astronaut, renowned Kabuki actress, Olym-pic pole vault gold medalist, Iron Chef champion, and scientist who recently discovered the cure for athlete’s foot…though only in her head. Real life isn’t so interesting, which is why she spends most of her time writing.
She is the author of four other novels, Ghostwriter, The End of All Things, its sequel, The Land of the Shadows, and Under These Restless Skies.
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Praise for Shadows Have Gone
“I laughed, I cried, I was gently amused, but what could I expect? Times are tough, no one is trustworthy and yet there is a sweet innocence about some characters that hit you right between the eyes; they are always so positive and wanting to see the best in others. Once again, Lissa Bryan has taken the handoff from a previous book and run with it at breakneck speeds with barely a misstep in sight!” – Dianne
Tales from the End Book 1.5
L.A.’s mayor has declared quarantine to try to halt the spread of the Infection. Pearl sets off across the city to buy supplies, but already the world is changing. Something strange is in the air. The Horsemen are coming …Veronica
When Veronica’s mother doesn’t come home from work and no one answers the phone when she calls for help, a nine-year-old girl is thrown into the chaos of a world coming to an end. Veronica decides it’s up to her to find her family. “Veronica” is the story of a little girl’s courage in the face of the end of all things.“I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud”
They called her Shadowfax– the mare Carly and Justin found on their travels. But be-fore she was found by Carly, the retired dressage horse was known as Cloud. An unu-sual tale of the end, told through the eyes of a confused and lonely horse, left in her pasture.Birthday
(A previously-published bonus story.) Carly knows Justin has never celebrated his birthday, and after society crumbled, no one knows what date it is, anyway. But she wants to do something special for him. Celebrating the little things helps them keep hope alive, and as a blizzard rages outside, a small gesture of love warms their home.
The Land of The Shadow Book 2
After surviving the Infection and a perilous journey through the wasteland that was once the United States, Carly and Justin have found a safe home in the isolated town of Colby.Even so, balancing the duties of survival and a growing family isn’t easy. As they emerge as leaders, they face difficult questions about justice in a lawless land, basic human rights, and freedom in a world where strength defines worth. More than ever, they have to rely on one another for strength and support during the darkest of times.
The Crisis is far from over. Their fences won’t keep the world out forever, and a new threat is emerging—a gang of predators who see the town as easy pickings. When danger looms over Colby, Carly must decide how far she’ll go to protect those she loves.
It’s a journey down the long and broken road through The Land of the Shadow.