Title – The Lost Codex
Author – Heather Lyons
Publication Date – November 7, 2016
Series – The Collectors’ Society #4
Allies, once inseparable, splinter until they break apart.
An insidiousness carves its way through Wonderland, challenging the land’s very existence.
Battle lines will be drawn as pages, long languishing in darkness, are finally illuminated.
Swords will clash, blood will be spilled, and lives will be lost.
For what is written can still be erased.
I have waited for what feels like a lifetime to discover all the secrets of The Lost Codex and figure out just how Heather Lyons would bring this tale to an end. Now I’m left with the bittersweet emotion of it being over, while trying to formulate words on what I thought, and honestly, the most prominent in my mind are “what a tremendous ride”. This author has taken readers on incredible journeys of love, adventure, and literary memories that had me grinning wider than the Cheshire Cat would have found possible. The Lost Codex was the most perfect, phenomenal ending and I couldn’t have asked for anything better.
“Hearts are not solid, not really. They are mosaics, cobbled together from pieces we take from life and others. Sometimes, certain pieces fall away. Sometimes, we fill them in with new bits of emotions and life.”
We are immediately thrown back into that tense, anxiety-inducing forgotten mountain, and my heart could not stop racing. The way that Lyons has depicted these scenes is so all-consuming that I couldn’t help but get sucked in, incapable of returning to reality. She creates such vivid imagery with colorful language and incredible world-building. It’s unlike anything I have read. Furthermore, it still amazes me that four books in, and the author is able to draw on the qualities in characters that we have previously come to love, yet still deliver her own unique twists. These personalities are largely created by other authors, yet the way that Lyons twists their traits to fit the scenarios is executed perfectly. I don’t want to touch too much upon the happenings of this installment because I wholeheartedly believe that everything that happens and every emotion I experienced should be gone through firsthand.
“Sometimes, what is there remains, even if the people we took them from are no longer with us. You see, some pieces are more steadfast than others. Those are the ones that will remain the longest. I am in your heart. You were in mine.”
As I previously stated, The Lost Codex was one of the most bittersweet reads of the year for me, but also one of my favorites. Heather Lyons has created a world that I wish were grounded in reality just so that I had a tangible place to visit and experience. The writing has grown, the twists were unimaginable, and the journey was indescribable. The passion that Heather Lyons has for her characters and this world shines brightly within the pages and it’s something I came to truly appreciate about her. She has produced pure magic with The Collectors’ Society series, and while I’m sad to see it end, I’m also incredibly anxious to see where Lyons’ mind will take readers next!
I would choose Professor Moriarty from Sir arthur conan doyle’s sherlock holmes stories. His intellectual capabilities and intricate mind games would provide for fascinating puzzles for the society to solve.
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Don’t Miss the Previous Books in the Series!
The Collectors’ Society (The Collectors’ Society #1)
The Hidden Library (The Collectors’ Society, #2)
The Forgotten Mountain (The Collectors’ Society #3)
Heather Lyons writes epic, heartfelt love stories and has always had a thing for words. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. She and her husband and children live in sunny Southern California and are currently working their way through every cupcakery she can find.