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Traveler's Gate #3

City of Light

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Simon has spent the last six months hunting Incarnations, and has begun to realize that his power alone won’t be enough to stop a true enemy.

Leah is queen over a nation of refugees, driven from their homes by the power of Territories gone mad.

Alin rules his city with an iron fist, imposing the virtues of Elysia on an imperfect population.

Now, the three must stand united as the balance of the world shifts once more. A greater threat looms, and it has made its presence known...

The Incarnations are missing.

394 pages, Kindle Edition

First published April 9, 2014

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Profile Image for Terence.
1,113 reviews345 followers
November 1, 2020
The Incarnations are all loose as the Hanging Trees have been destroyed. Alin is transforming Enosh into a version of Elysia as the madness of Incarnation overtakes him. Leah, Simon, and Indirial hunt down Incarnations until the Incarnations mysteriously go missing.

City of Light was a fitting conclusion to the Traveler's Gate trilogy. The conclusion has many reveals including the beginning of the Hanging Tree process. The book also had some heart wrenching moments that I didn't really think it was capable of providing. Valinhall's Travelers find themselves on the front line assisting Leah in ending the Incarnation threat. They also played heavily into the story in more than a few unexpected ways which is always a good thing as far as I'm concerned.

Valinhall's Travelers and territory made the series for me. Simon, Indirial, Kai, and the Eldest all were incredibly interesting characters. At the end my favorite character was Simon. Simon's growth from House of Blades to City of Light was immense. Simon hardly resembles the scared boy caring for his mentally broken mother by the end. For a boy whose only desire was to be able to save a friend and fight Travelers, Simon achieved far more than he initially set out to achieve. It makes me smile thinking about it.

Unfortunately I have to say the other two key characters Leah and Alin never quite came to life for me. Leah was slightly interesting in City of Light which is an improvement over the last two books where I had no real interest in her. Alin was more interesting in this book than the prior two because his Incarnation created complexity in a vain generally unlikable character. His madness forced him to listen to the various color's thoughts which truly were far more interesting than Alin.

City of Light was a good conclusion to an enjoyable series.
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512 reviews25 followers
February 18, 2016
Usually, when i am about to finish a good series i feel sad(some good books i dragged reading a lot, because i was afraid to let go). But not this one, because it finished so fast. You will not realise the time flying past. The book is full of beautiful action sequences. And is an excellent end to a lovely series. Highly recommended.

P. S.: Will miss the dolls. They were awesome.
Profile Image for Jason.
1,179 reviews255 followers
June 4, 2014
5 Stars

City of Light, book 3 in the Travelers Gate series is a 5 star awesome conclusion to the series. As a whole, the Travelers Gate series is a 5 star blast of a read that fantasy lovers will adore. Each of the three books are better than the last. The action is top notch. The cast of characters is large enough to have a little bit of this and a little bit of that. The plot and story progression of the series runs a straight line but it does so while showcasing the increase in tension and peril.

Simon will be an unforgettable protagonist. As will the territory of Valinhall itself and the power that it bestows. This series would make an amazing set of movies.

Wight brings the three books to a great conclusion. And I am happy to report that he does not resort to any gimmick or Godlike power to bring things to an end. With the nature of the Traveler's and the Incarnation's Wight could have lazily used a magic RED button to blow this whole series up. The ending was the best part if this series.

I wish I had the time to give this book the review it deserves. I can only hope that my friends and fellow fantasy readers will take a chance and pick this up. It is too much fun to be missed.
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169 reviews38 followers
March 15, 2023
Really good! The ending definitely left me wanting more, no idea when he'll write sequel books for this trilogy. It was a bittersweet ending.
Profile Image for Mark.
412 reviews65 followers
October 4, 2015
Oh my! I finished this book three days ago but have been in denial that I will no longer tag along with Simon back to the House of Blades with all his creepy dolls! This was one of those series that break your heart when they're over because you just don't want to leave.

Amazing. These books are amazing. If you don't read these books you are missing out.

31 reviews1 follower
April 14, 2014
The star rating mostly relates to this book. I truly enjoyed the series overall and the first two books were fantastic. There are some flaws but they are not as bad as to stop you from reading.

What made this series unique: The real hero is not foretold by any prophesy, no one believes in him and is ridiculed throughout the series. The prophesied hero is a prince-charming-kind-of character who mostly cares about looking heroic and has no idea if what he's doing is right. There is a princess of course, though not the obnoxious type. She is a woman of action and a master spy. There is more too, so much more. The magic system for instance will drive you to read the short stories related to the series. There are travelers who can summon powers from their world but first need to earn them there.

Overall I wish the series did not end here. But it does and that is the reason for the 3 stars. I believe there is so much more to be told so many plots to close that this third book felt rushed. There are not many believable reasons behind the actions of the incarnations. There is an ascension to power that happens too fast and leaves you thinking that the author ran out of ideas and wanted to finish everything in one scene. And there are the "all but..." descriptions that are used too much to my taste and could be substituted with better descriptions.

I think Will Wight will continue to deliver great stories and you should read his books. This review is more of a call to attention to let him know that he should trust that whatever he wishes to tell us people will read. His worlds are fascinating and the action in his books is one of the bests. I will keep reading books in the series, if they ever come back, and hope that Will will trust us with the secrets of the House of Blades.
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512 reviews7 followers
July 24, 2022
4.25 stars

t'was a good one, I'm hopeful that Wight will continue in this world .... eventually or so my dreams go, Otoku and Kai 🤧🤧

Gosh I miss those dolls and Simons awkardness, well t'is what t'is.

Remember to read the last chapter when feeling down or for a smile


Profile Image for Stefan.
113 reviews4 followers
January 27, 2021
I think it's my ocd that made me finish the series. It's tonedeaf, the world building doesn't exist, some of the jokes are alright. Other than that there is fighting, talking about fighting and some more fighting. I was bored for all the action.
To the end there is a moment where the author needs to actually conjure a quasi time stopping device, just so he can squeeze some exposition into the fighting.
Profile Image for Kim.
93 reviews
June 29, 2022
Damn yo, did I just bust through a series with 0 romance? Who am I?

Great and satisfying ending, as usual, don't get attached to any characters 😭 everyone loves to dance with death. I was really hoping Simon would explore way more rooms in Vallinhall, but he became strong enough without all of that 🤷🏻‍♀️
14 reviews
February 10, 2017
Poor way of concluding the trilogy. Did nothing to build the character relationships or give them any depth and the story line was weak and predictable with every character doing the same thing as the previous one.
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March 17, 2020
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Profile Image for Alastair Patton.
99 reviews201 followers
January 30, 2021
A Marvelous Conclusion :

The first two books were shaky but had moments of incredible promise. The third book made up for the lagging first two in a truly unique (and fun) conclusion. This book made me laugh, cry, and yearn for more. I truly fell in love with the characters and the unique world Will Wight has wrought. I eagerly anticipate the continuation of this series.

*the dolls were quite amazing
Profile Image for Elena Granger.
364 reviews6 followers
November 21, 2022
After first book I expected something really interesting and unique from the series, but unfortunately the second book was not so good and the third is just ok.
The story becomes less intriguing and the more there is about Incarnations, the more boring they seem. I loved the action component of this book, it goes not so fast, but also not slow, which is usually good for the genre.
Finally! That happened! Simon realised that it's much better to deal with the enemy not alone. I thought when there are more characters, it should be more interesting, but unfortunately it never happened. Though I loved the characters, my favourite was Simon and Leah, the queen over a nation of refugees, driven from their homes by the power of Territories gone mad. They seem more developed ones, others were not so much.
Overall the book was fine, but not as interesting as I expected.
Profile Image for Reiz.
65 reviews4 followers
March 27, 2022
So I told my friend I only had 3% left but it’s been that way for over two weeks because it’s too good and I don’t want it to be over.
(Oh and I got said friend to read it too so that was nice)
I liked how every time I thought a storyline would be forgotten and we’ll never hear of these characters again, they come back in an important moment.
Oh and I love the talking dolls. Of course I do, who wouldn’t? They’re sarcastic! I know you want to read it for the dolls’ sarcasm! Come on👀 go read it👀 go on👀
I will forever mourn how underrated this trilogy is (not that dramatic. It’ll just be a minor inconvenience. But you get the idea)

Profile Image for Jonathan Crabb.
Author 1 book7 followers
June 19, 2020
Very solid finish to a unique and fun fantasy series. The author boldly builds a world of epic powers, huge fights, and some off the wall concepts (I am talking about the dolls). Yet it works well as the author commits to the story and it ends well. What a great fresh trilogy.
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471 reviews24 followers
December 16, 2020
Good end to a series that I wasn't sure of I was going to finish. It got a bit stale in the second book and the first of this one but Wight got out of it quite well. I'd be curious if he revisits this universe.
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Author 147 books204 followers
November 7, 2014
City of Light is a wonderful work of fiction that ties up the Traveler's Gate trilogy very nicely. Full of action and awesome characters, I highly recommend it.
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259 reviews52 followers
March 21, 2018

City of Light is the conclusion of Traveler's Gate trilogy by Will Wight. It concludes the main plots decently while leaving a lot of rooms for sequel.

The plot picked up directly from Crimson Vault and later skipped 6 months in the future. Simon is bound on a bigger mission, more dangerous than ever with higher stakes. There are internal conflicts within Valinhall and Simon has to deal with these problems while tackling the looming doom.

Action is all-time high in this book, to the point that it becomes too heavy and fatigued for me. I understand that Wight utilised action scenes as character building moments, but this approach is a hit-and-miss. Sometimes it works well when we watch Simon or Alin reflect and learn something in the midst of a battle. However, at other times the action scenes and conflicts feel gratuitous for me. I got impression that whenever it gets too quiet, Wight had to throw one or two fight scenes to keep things interesting.

The main plot is solved with a quite temporary solution. While this opens new avenues for interesting plots in the future, I feel that there are way too many questions and mysteries left unanswered. As a case study, in Mistborn original trilogy, Brandon Sanderson solved the major plots and answered the big questions satisfyingly. There are still mysteries, but these are relatively minor. With this book, there are still big questions left hanging.

Compared to the previous installations, City of Light is less organic. Some characters switch sides or allegiances relatively easily and the interpersonal conflicts are somewhat muted down. On the flipside, it's quite interesting how far everyone has grown compared to the first book. Alin is the Elysian Incarnation, Simon is the Founder's Heir of Valinhall, Leah is the Queen of Damasca and sole Traveler of Ragnarus.

I think there are really interesting side characters in this book. Rebekkah with her extreme tendencies for violence becomes my favourite Doll in this book. The Eldest Nye has an interesting frenemy/rival dynamic with . Unfortunately, some other side characters' potentials are wasted, namely Erastes, Agnos family, Denner, and Kathrin. I think they should've been utilised better, and I have high hopes for them in the sequel series.

Elysian Colours
One of the charm of Elysia as a Territory is that how it is supposed to be the central Territory. Elysia meant to guide the other Territories into better place and their Travelers into better people. In this case, the City of Light features 9 districts that embody specific values, colours, and powers that correspond to the original 9 Territories.

For instance, Avernus is known as Territory of Birds that values bond between Travelers and the native birds. Elysia has the Orange District which embodies Loyalty, a value that correspond to such bonds. As a result, the Orange District grants the power of flight to Elysian Traveler who is deemed loyal by the trials of the district.

In the omnibus/complete trilogy eBook, Wight compiled short stories of 9 original Territories. In the universe, these stories are written to teach its reader about a specific value of Elysian Colours. I think it's an interesting study of storytelling and worldbuilding. These stories reveal bits and pieces about the Territories that we don't get to see in the main story, however the quality really varies. Some are frankly mediocre while other are fun and insightful.

City of Light is a worthy end of Traveler's Gate trilogy, however it leaves too many questions answered for my taste while leaning too heavily on action.
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485 reviews10 followers
August 2, 2022
'City of Light' (Traveler's Gate #3) by Will Wight.

“So you lied to me,” Simon said.

“I’d say I verbally misled you for the purposes of deception,” Valin responded.

“I think that’s exactly what a lie is,” Simon said.

Rating: 4.25/5.

Once you compare this book with the first one in the series, you would notice that Will Wight has improved considerably as a writer. What once had a weak and not-so-captivating starting with the first book ended quite strongly with the third and the final book in this trilogy.

Once you get past the initial slow-paced chapters, things do get rolling. As one usually expects from a Will Wight book, this book too was packed with action sequences. As much as I enjoyed reading the action sequences, I did hope for the action to take a back seat just for once to give the plot some room to breathe and develop a bit more comprehensively.

The whole book feels like an emotional rollercoaster ride, especially when it comes to the inhabitants of the Valinhall territory. Some of the moments are gut-wrenching, and that's when you realize how much you have grown to care for these characters throughout these three books.

While Alin and Leah's arcs were the weakest points of the first book, there was a significant improvement in the second book due to the addition of political intrigue. And the third book makes it even better. Alin's arc is exceptional once you trace his journey from the first book to the third. He's a complex character and the contrast with Simon's arc is evident. Leah grew up on me during the events of the third book, but there's still a long way to go, but I do believe that she would be a strong and just Damascan monarch in the future.

I have mentioned this in my reviews of the previous books and I do wish to reiterate it. The doll advisors are a unique highlight of the series. My only gripe about them is that even though we were told in the first book that there were over fifty such dolls, we only see Simon using around half a dozen of them during the entire trilogy.

There were a few glaringly obvious inconsistencies that I hope could be easily dealt with in the revised editions. Ilana mentions that Alin was looking like the Valinhall Incarnation when she saw him kill Grandmaster Tartarus. But the fact is that she had never encountered the Valinhall Incarnation - she was in Enosh when he was rampaging around and eventually killed by Simon. While on the other hand, the only Incarnation she had encountered was the Naraka Incarnation during the final chapters of the second book.

The final chapter ends things on a hopeful note, but it seemed rushed. Perhaps it was because I was too invested in the trilogy and wanted more. But yeah, while there's a definite closure to the larger plotline, some things are left open that makes one feel hopeful of Will Wight writing more of this world soon.

Overall, 'City of Light' was a wonderful conclusion to the Traveler's Gate trilogy. Filled with epic fight sequences and tearjerking moments, it ended up being a rollercoaster ride of varied emotions. The trilogy, as a whole, was far better than I hoped it to be. A weak beginning, but a strong ending. Whether you are a hardcore fan of the Cradle series or are new to the writings of Will Wight, you should read this series at least once. And yes, it is a part of the Cradle-verse, though there aren't any blatant references or easter eggs.
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857 reviews13 followers
January 8, 2023
In the finale of the trilogy, Wight has tensions running high. All the Hanging Trees have been destroyed, releasing all the incarnations. Knowing the destruction they can wreak on the world, Simon, Leah, and Indrial have been hunting the Incarnations for the last several months.

Alin is losing his battle against the madness of Incarnation as he rules over his city with an iron fist, determined to turn it into the perfection of Elysia.

Then things suddenly get worse when all the Incarnations go missing.

I really enjoyed the finale of this trilogy. Wight's writing improved in each book, making each book better than the previous one. Throughout this book, Simon remained my favorite character and Valinhall remained my favorite territory. I also enjoyed Leah's character, largely because she is a strong female with agency of her own who isn't relegated to a romantic relationship and shoved off to the side. That was a breath of fresh air compared to many other fantasy series, and I hope to read more series that treat their female characters in a similar manner. Unfortunately for Alin, the other major character of the series, I never did like him. He began as an arrogant little a**hole who thought he was awesome because he was in a prophecy and never really grew out of that. Yes, he did have some character growth as a result of being an Incarnation, but even with all the moralities he still managed to keep screwing up, and that just annoyed me. Still, as a character to hate, he is a great one. So if that was Wight's goal, it was well executed. LOL.

As for the action, there is quite a bit going on in this book, and I kind of wish Wight had chosen to take another book to spread it out a bit more and give more time and attention to some of the things. I don't want to get into specifics because I might end up in spoiler territory, and the book as it is isn't terrible, I just think it could have been better with more time/space to work through some things. I do think part of that is down to Wight's growth as a writer because this aspect of his writing improved greatly in his Cradle series (and through his Cradle series). It makes me wonder what changes, if any, he would make to this series if he were to revisit and revise it.

As with the first two books, I listened to the great Travis Baldree narrate this audiobook. If you've listened to the first two, I don't need to tell you how awesome he is as a narrator - you already know. If you haven't listened to any of this series yet, you should. Baldree does an absolutely fabulous job with the narration. It is definitely worth the listen.
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196 reviews5 followers
March 2, 2022
I liked this book more than the other two in the series, but the characters were still pretty flat.

Simon throughout the trilogy improved and wasn’t nearly as boring as he began in book 1, but if it weren’t for the “Dolls” there would literally be nothing interesting about his character.

Leah had potential after book 2, but still felt exactly the same by the time the story ended. She just never really became interesting and if anything her potential was squandered completely.

Alin had the most improvements out of anybody with all the color stuff going on his head and it made him much more enjoyable to read. He was probably the worst written character of the three for the first two books.

Outside of the three main characters most of the villains and supporting cast were still pretty meh. They were written better this time at least. The main problem with this trilogy was definitely the characters not the world. In fact the world was the most interesting part by far.

Hopefully whenever this series gets its eventual continuation it will be much improved. I have hopes considering even though I’ve only read a the first three books in the Cradle series by the third book it was already better.
43 reviews13 followers
November 4, 2021
I've really enjoyed this trilogy. Looking at how the characters develop through the story, the various abilities and powers that were shown, and the way the characters seek to change the system that was causing suffering in their world were all very well written.

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Profile Image for Jonathan Arnold.
45 reviews
September 6, 2022
Probably the best of the trilogy but still not quite a five star book. Definitely worth the read. Will Wight hit his stride with writing the characters in this installment of the series. The way it ends definitely has me wondering if there will be more books in the series, especially since Will’s going to be finishing up Cradle’s last book sometime soon (I expect).

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646 reviews5 followers
March 20, 2018
I finally thought of the word I'm looking for (by book 3):


I don't usually read books which map so directly with potential video games, or anime plots.

But in for a penny, in for a pound. If you made it through book 1, every book after improves on the story.
47 reviews1 follower
November 22, 2022
Although I'm a big fan on the author and narration, this book is basically just battles. It all makes sense but it's a lot
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277 reviews16 followers
January 4, 2023
Thank god that's over. This was a terrible series. I have nothing but bad things to say about this book so let's end this review here.
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13 reviews3 followers
January 21, 2023
Fantastic ending to an amazing series. Will Wight easily in the top favorite authors list.
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