Expiation is the fourth and final book in Drew Wagar’s acclaimed SF series, the ‘Shadeward Saga.’
Set on a tidally locked world in orbit about Lacaille 9352, this series is a blend of hard science fiction, post apocalyptic and fantasy genres in a plausible yet alien setting.
The all-powerful priestesses are whipped to a white heat of vengeance in defence of their god, Lacaille, the star that blazes in the skies above.
Coran and the Mobilis crew are unravelling the keys to survival, but tradition, myth and the vengeful priestesses stand in their way, as Lacaille burns ever more fiercely above them.
Kiri, Meru and Zoella, tied by bonds of hatred and devotion, know they must act, but have no idea how to turn the tide of fate. The answer when they find it is wholly unexpected and horribly inevitable.
I am grateful to have gone on such an incredible journey with Kiri, Meru and Zoella.
This is a breathtaking ending to a fantastic series. This one is truly outstanding, full of adventure, conflict and emotion.
Drew Wagar has drawn everything to the best finish one could hope for. A thoroughly recommended 5* read, order it now!
Wow – the culmination of 4 books is EPIC! The story moves along at a blistering pace. Characters and their relationships are interesting and nuanced. Highly recommended.
If you have not started reading the Shadeward series I HIGHLY recommend it for the amazing characters, incredible blending of a sci-fi genre which reads more like a fantasy adventure.
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Expiation was a roller coaster of action and emotional conclusions. The multiple characters which author Drew Wagar introduced us to in the first three volumes meet their final challenges in this incredible tale.
Because Drew made us care so deeply about all these characters it is bittersweet to read about the conclusion of their stories. Shadeward as a four volume story is deeply immersive and brings the characters in it to life in an unusual world that you come to accept as a real place.
Shadeward: Expiation, as the conclusion to this series, wraps up the story of Esurio in a fitting way. It closes out the character arcs and story-line of this amazing world in a realistic way and is filled with much emotion. It also sets the stage for future parallel tales in this universe, while concluding this small planet’s tale in a realistic way.
This book was always going to be bitter sweet for me. I loved the first three and didn’t really want to leave these characters behind. I also desperately needed to know how the story was going to end. Can’t win, really.
Finally everything comes together, all questions are answered, everything really is wrapped up as promised.
An excellent book filled with intrigue and emotion wracking twists and turns. Shock at some of the events, changing ones train of thought as to where the saga was heading. I tried to read slower than normal, so as to put off getting to the inevitable end of this gripping tale, I found it was difficult not to be drying eyes when I got there! Drew Wagar has drawn everything to the best finish one could hope for.
What a great ending to the shadeward saga, as with all the other books there are lots of twists and turns that pulls you in further to the lives of the characters, Drew then finally pulls all the strings together to bring an end to the series.
When I started the shadeward series, it felt like a familiar style of “fantasy” books, but it fairly quickly became evident that it was actually a realistic and we’ll thought out SciFi series. The characters have grown naturally within the story and you feel a real connection with them – which (no spoilers) made this book quite emotional.
For every twist that I managed to predict, there were many others that completely sideswiped me. The ending of the book was perfect, and also sets up the possibility of further side-stories, which is hugely exciting.
When the Shadeward saga begins it seems like we are in a fantasy world but it quickly becomes apparent that we are in the realistic setting of another planet although some things are unexplained. In this final book all is revealed. I’d now like to go back to the beginning and read the whole series again.
This book brought the series to an exceptional, satisfying and relentlessly emotional conclusion. This tied together all the remaining threads of the previous three with such style. It was action-packed and the emotions certainly run high. Now the series is finished, I am bereft. It’s a masterpiece, essential reading. Drew should be proud of this vibrant world he created. I look forward to seeing him expand on the Shadeward universe on the future.