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It’s a year and a half after the events of Anarchy—a novel hailed as “bewitchingly perplexing and supernaturally entertaining” (Kirkus Reviews)—and the world is alive with magic in this third astonishingly imaginative novel in the fantasy trilogy that began with Advent.On a tiny archipelago out of sight of the rest of the world lives Rory, a ten-year-old boy. He and his moIt’s a year and a half after the events of Anarchy—a novel hailed as “bewitchingly perplexing and supernaturally entertaining” (Kirkus Reviews)—and the world is alive with magic in this third astonishingly imaginative novel in the fantasy trilogy that began with Advent.On a tiny archipelago out of sight of the rest of the world lives Rory, a ten-year-old boy. He and his mother and a handful of survivors live an exhausting and precarious existence, entirely isolated. The sea is alive, and angry. Every man Rory can remember has been drowned. Everyone knows he’ll be next.One night, for the first time since the world changed and the curse descended, strangers appear on the island. They’re on their way to England, seeking a powerful magic ring. And one of them seems to know Rory by sight…Caught up in their quest, Rory enters an England of terrors and marvels, at the heart of which lies a place where journeys unimaginably longer and older than his will reach their end: Pendurra....

Title : Arcadia
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Number of Pages : 496 Pages
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Arcadia Reviews

  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    2019-05-23 11:01

    I feel like I just fell down the rabbit hole!I liked this book well enough, but let me say there is a whole lot of crazy going on up in this book. I don't usually read book three of a trilogy before reading the first two books, but I read this book was fine as a stand alone. And this is true, although I do want to go back and read the first two books just to see where it all started. I only gave this three stars because there were things I loved and at times it dragged for me. If I was just rating it for other worldly, crazy stuff, then I would give it a 5 because it has all of that in a nutshell. I think I will read this again after the first two and see how it works for me a second time around. I hate rating books on partial things. In this particular book you have Rory and he's ten years old. He lives on an island with his mum and other women. There is one other boy but things don't work out so well for him. They all have to ration not only food, but just random things like clothes etc because once these things are gone, they are just gone....unless you can make your way to one of the other islands or the mainland. This isn't done too much because you either don't come back or you are taken by THEM. Rory's sister and father tried to make it to the mainland, but they never came back. Let me see if I can do this without spoilers. Rory ends up getting off the island by accident. He ends up with a crew of three people that have different magical abilities. They all make it to the mainland and then more crazy stuff happens and Rory ends up with another group of people. Wow, this is really confusing isn't it. You really just have to read it because it's got a really good and bizarre plot. I guess I should mention all of this is like after a type of apocalypse. There used to be days like the here and now, our world. Now it's all kinds of crazy. This book has magic, shapeshifters, God, Sirens, prophets, evil people, and some other stuff that is right on out there. There are still buildings that the people live in that was from before, you know like regular houses, churches, etc. I thought it was funny when Rory mentioned there was one working toilet on their island and you could use it and flush it as long as you filled the thingy up with water. I don't know why but I thought that was funny, I guess because of all the surroundings that it just seemed funny to mention taking a poo in a working toilet! LolAnyway it was a good book and I look forward to reading the first two and this one again and see how they all add up. **I would like to thank NETGALLEY and ATRIA BOOKS for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange of my honest review.**

  • Shadowdenizen
    2019-06-08 10:03

    This is one of those rare books that took me a long time to read. Not because it was boring or long-winded; just the opposite! I wanted to linger in this world, with these characters, for as long as possible.I picked up "Advent" (the first book in the series) from my book club on a whim, based on the gorgeous cover art and the promo blurb about it, and was instantly hooked!I then devoured "Anarchy", and haven been eagerly awaiting "Arcadia" ever since. And so I give many thnak to NetGalley, for allowing me the change to read this before the publication date in exchange for an honest review.This entire series is quite simple in it's overall premise, ("What if magic was lost long ago, and were to return suddenly to the modern world?), but every deft in it's execution, thanks to Mr. Treadwell's bold and vibrant prose and characters. And the author was also very bold in introducing a new character this late in the game, but we are quickly able to take him into our hearts as we have the rest of the characters due to Mr. Treadwell's writing talents. (In some regards, it even gives us a fresh new perspective on the world after the events of the second book.This series seems to have flown largely under-the-radar, but I hope word of mouth and publicity will encourage people to pick up this wonderfully charming and fulfilling series. 3.5 stars (rounded up to 4) for this climactic volume.

  • Joseph Phillips
    2019-05-30 12:38

    The publisher, through Bookbridgr, sent me this book for an honest review.I’m going to say it now; I generally could not finish this book.I have so many concerns and painful dislikes for this book, which I really shouldn’t have had because this book had such an awesome premise and presentable ideals…The first thing I have to really call-out was the description page for this book on BookBridgr. So I was searching the genres of BookBridgr to see if I could find a few books, when I came across James Treadwell’s book ‘Arcadia’, I read the little blurb it had, I got really intrigued by it and so I ordered it.(Skip a week) It finally came! When I took it out of the package, I realised that it said ‘Advent Trilogy Part 3’ on the spine, I thought it was odd because on the website it said or had no relevance to any series.So I checked, double checked and even got my brother to read it out to me; there was no reference to any other notion of this series, so I generally felt a little awkward and out of place to read this book.I was quite surprised because BookBridgr’s site is normally well formulated and well presented.But I did anyway or at-least attempted to finish it!I wish I could hit re-wind, all the way to the day I saw it on BookBridgr and stop my-self from clicking on it, harsh but very true.The main story starts off quite well, but then instantly becomes a shambles honestly.It started off very linear and very simplistic which was okay because there was a plot, a set path for the story that turned out to be quite a good premise.If you haven’t read the previous books (like myself) then I should clear up that the world has been devastated by Magic. I believe (I could be wrong though) that somebody in the first book opened something that may have represented Pandora’s box and released some vicious plague/magic and mermaids/siren type creatures onto the world.I did subtly skim-read a review for this book, which stated that it could be read as a stand-alone book because it doesn’t really focus around the first bunch of characters in the first two books.Because I hadn’t read the first/second book, I had no idea these animals in the oceans were Mermaids/Siren creatures? But after thinking over some statement referring to things such as all the men dying and how the male children weren’t allowed to look out over the sea just incase and how all the survivors were female it all slowly made sense.Arcadia starts off with a small community stuck on an island (the Isle of Scilly to be exact) consisting mostly of females with the exception of ten-year-old Rory and another boy who was a few years older.Now, after the whole explanation of the things in the ocean being Mermaid/Siren type creatures, we are brought to the death of the other boy.From then onwards the story becomes slightly interesting as we lay witness to this small civilisation cut-off from the world, surviving through teamwork and friendship.The main character, Rory, lives with his mother after his father and two siblings tried to escape the island on a boat to the Mainland, they were never heard from again.At this point during the story… I did start to get quite intrigued and quite apprehensive about the story, as it seemed to be going really smoothly that it wasn’t really going anywhere? Everything started to revolve around how day-to-day life was maintained and how the men would die/died if they went out into or near the ocean.Rory’s mother isn’t certain that she can keep her son safe on this island so creates a plan to travel to a island just off the coast and obtain a boat to take Rory and leave for the mainland, risking his life on the ocean.After this point, Rory’s mum returns from her travels and turns slightly crazy and deluded.This makes the story become a bit creepier and more enjoyable! I liked how Rory’s mum snapped and became this selfish, carless woman who believes her son’s safety is to be thrown in to the danger she once kept him from.And from here onwards, the story just fizzles out.I really lost all sense of plot and idea for it as soon as the Angry Italian man was introduced.The author tried to integrate so many little twists and turns it became a boring cesspit of trip hazards, The wording was a-bit haphazard and I really hated how he kept translating things into ten-year-old speech for Rory.In-fact, I became so mad at the writing style and the entire plot it put me into a reading/reviewing slump (which then was topped by an illness… luck!)I just couldn’t bring myself to finish it, I got to the third act and I figured that there was about 150 pages left that I could push myself to it, but after the introducing and losing so many different characters, I had lost myself and tripped over myself at a point where I thought certain characters were other people.The characters in my head were quite good; they probably were the majority of my happiness in this book.That isn’t to say there weren’t contradictions or dislikes though.I’ll go into two characters that I both liked and disliked.Rory. Oh Rory, how easily manipulated you were.Rory was an okay character honestly, being a ten-year-old he was easily manipulated into doing things outside of his actual intentions, but he was so easily the most annoying character aswell.I don’t understand what went went on with his thought process? When his mum wanted to take him away from the island he was super against it and really grounded about staying at the island, but when the new mysterious people turn up and offer to take him he jumps on the chance? I don’t understand what the difference is between the two? I’d personally go with mum… cause ya’ know, Mums know best!I also didn’t like how the author was trying to get Rory to follow one of the mermaids, which are supposed to lead men astray from their ships/vessels into the abyss we know as the sea, as he is a child; yes Rory is a male, but sirens and mermaids steer men away from their ships/boats due to their sexual attraction and the men’s sexual desires, stating that Rory doesn’t want to go with the mermaid doesn’t make him strong-willed or anything, it just states him out to be what he is, a mere kid of ten.The next character was Lino, the Italian angry but-yet sweet softie for Rory guy.We’re introduced to Lino near the start as an angry shadow of a man who constantly threatens Rory with killing him if Rory doesn’t do these things or help him.After all of the constant threats and anger, Lino is re-introduced as the sweetest person ever? Making jokes, laughing and protecting Rory really made me forget that he threatened to slice his throat.I liked ‘Her’ as a character (who I will want to refer to as Ariel but will not due to the fact she is a mermaid/siren who can walk)She was very systematic when speaking, she always chose the right words to in-trance young Rory into some sort of spell. I also liked how she was explaining her past and background about how her father was a human and how her mother was the ocean and how bad things happened when she was little, which makes me feel as if she’ll play a much bigger role throughout the book (sadly won’t find that out) Honestly; she/it was my favourite character throughout this entire read-through.Overall, the first quarter of the book started off really fresh and idealistic with its values! There was charisma and enthusiasm and mystery for the author to divulge into and keep the book on a nice linear path with slight twists and turns to make it dramatic.But instead the book contained so many different obstacles and ideals that made it a troublesome read, t’was a shame.Just to quickly add in, the copy that I received from the publisher that contained a couple printing and writing errors, which I really-really doubt mattered but really distracted me.At one point during the first chapter a location called Briars Point (which is the exact way to spell it on the map at the start) changes to Bryhers Point? Not to sure if Rory was unintentionally calling it that or it generally did just change as the descriptions are the same and there is no place on the map called Bryhers Point.Also, the last page splits between the end of Act 2 and the beginning of Act 3, which really threw me after skimming through, because Act 2 Chapter 23 finishes with ‘but he still keeps going across the’ and abruptly stops.Flick two pages over (past Act 3 ‘Fairy-tale’) we find the last chunk of paragraph just chilling there.Not to sure if anyone else had this problem, or I’m stuck with a one-of-a-kind book, which is quite neat honestly.Thank you for the Publisher’s and the Author for sending me this book; I really urge you to try this series as it maybe your cup of tea, sadly and unfortunately it wasn’t mine.Thank you for reading!Joe (BookolioBlog)

  • Emma
    2019-06-06 10:49

    Originally posted on first thing I liked about this book is that it is the third part of a series and you would never know it. As far as I can tell it doesn’t make any references back to the previous books. In fact if it wasn’t for the giant ‘3’ on the spine you would think this was a standalone novelI also liked the fact that there was mermaids in it. Now these are not the mermaids you would find in a Disney movie. These are proper lure men to their death mermaids. Or to be technical sirens as they are called in the book. It was nice reading about something you don’t normally come across in fantasy novels. Or at least this is the first time I’ve read a fantasy book with mermaids in it.The only thing that annoyed me with this book was the magic. I read on Wikipedia that this series was the author imagining what would happen if we had magic in a modern day setting. And I really wasn’t keen on it. Now this can work brilliantly, for example in Harry Potter, but the magical world and non-magical parts were kept very separate. In this everything was mashed together, you have angels and mermaids and wizards but you also have electricity and superheroes and Top Gear. It felt weird all that being together.Not to mention the characters looking for a magical ring who kept making references to Tolkien and talking about hobbits. It was all very strange.

  • Justin Crowe
    2019-05-29 11:59

    Absolutely wonderful final book to an amazing trilogy. The depth and atmosphere Treadwell conjures up is stunning in its scale... Truly, one of those trilogies that rarely comes along to utterly enchant the reader and one that I fell in love with more as each book was read. The downside? That it's finished...

  • Jennifer
    2019-06-02 07:37

    I read the first two titles in the series, and liked Arcadia best. A wonderful fairy tale/quest story, and I was sorry to see it end. As others have mentioned, you certainly can read this as a stand-alone title. Highly recommended.

  • Deirdre
    2019-05-29 08:51

    I guess you either love or hate this trilogy. I loved it. Beautiful prose. engaging characters. intriguing story. I hated to finish Arcadia.

  • Loretta
    2019-06-14 07:37

    Well. That was just pointless. If you are looking for a fantasy trilogy that ties up in anything resembling a fairly neat packet, this isn't it.I like Treadwell's writing, for the most part, but even the quality and imaginative nature of his writing wasn't enough for me to be hooked into this book.Stuff happens, but nothing really happens. I have the answer to approximately zero of my questions. (Which might have been the whole point of the book, but I don't even care any more.)

  • Samantha
    2019-05-25 05:02

    Volume 1 of the trilogy (Advent) was interestingly and delightfully weird. Volume 2 (Anarchy) was opaquely weird, and slow. This one, volume 3, was just annoying and slow. Moments of writing brilliance trapped in slow mud. I finally put it down 3/4 of the way through. The saddest part is, I'm not even sad to have abandoned it.

  • Bob Peake
    2019-06-12 10:43

    Outstanding finish to this great trilogy.

  • A.
    2019-06-01 08:50

    Review based on an ARC (Advanced Reader's Copy received for free in exchange for an honest review).I re-read the first two books in the trilogy in order to "prepare" for the third and final installation. I again enjoyed Advent and continued to be impressed with Treadwell's creation of the world we know so well, as affected by magic in a way that we could not predict. I love some of the people and non-peoples he created, and the depth he gave some of his characters.I again particularly enjoyed Anarchy. I thought Treadwell did an excellent job of showing the chaos experienced by the reintroduction of magic in our world. I loved the new stories and new characters he introduced, and I liked how it all tied together in some way or another.So I was a bit disappointed with Arcadia. Arcadia begins about a year and a half after Anarchy ends, so magic has been well-incorporated into our world, and we have well screwed ourselves almost completely trying to deal with it. It's a sort of post-apocalyptic story in that sense, which is definitely my speed. But then Treadwell focuses our attentions on a single small island off the coast of England and we don't really experience the chaos of the world. Not that that is a bad story, it's just not what I was expecting. After the development in Anarchy, I was expecting Arcadia to be a bit more... exciting.Instead, we follow a ten-year-old boy who knows that he is likely to be the next (and last) "man" to die in his universe (the island), as a result of Them. (view spoiler)[If you have read the first 2 books, it is clear rather quickly who They are. If not, I can imagine this might actually create some uncertainty that could have been interesting. For me, though, it felt like the first 50-60% of the book was just repetition of how boring life on the island is; how scared everyone is of Them; how likely it is that the main character is going to go off to Them anyway; how crazy his mom is; and how frustrating the rest of the characters are. (hide spoiler)] Treadwell's gifted writing is still rather evident, but it was just a bit of a (long) lull.That being said, (view spoiler)[when we get to the mainland and see more of the after-effect of the introduction of magic, and especially when we arrive in the Valley, (hide spoiler)] the magic (heh heh) of Treadwell's writing is fully exposed. I *loved* (view spoiler)[the Valley and I loved how uncertain and creepy that whole part is. (hide spoiler)]Ultimately, I felt that the end was a bit of anti-climax as well, but I also felt that Treadwell did a very good job of wrapping up... much. (but not all) All in all, I still definitely recommend the book as part of the trilogy. It is worth completing the trilogy and, overall, the trilogy is a great one. I like that it is involved and hearty and satisfying.So, overall, 3 1/2 stars (four on sites without halves) of five. Thanks to NetGalley for the copy!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • SJH (A Dream of Books)
    2019-05-18 08:50

    I've been really looking forward to seeing how James Treadwell's fantasy series will be concluded. This is a trilogy which I feel has somewhat flown under the radar with very little pre-publicity buzz. It is however one which has captivated me, without me being able to put my finger on exactly what it is about the story that has appealed to me so much. The author, James Treadwell, has stated that his concept for the series was to imagine what would happen in the modern world if magic was to suddenly return. How would it affect or change society and what would it mean for certain individuals? I think the overall sense of the magical and the fantastical is carried along throughout the book, at the same time as there being a gritty realism and an atmosphere of dark danger to the story. 'Arcadia' centres around a young boy called Rory who lives on a tiny island with his mother and a community of other women. As the only boy there, he is cossetted by the women but at ten years of age he can be rebellious and finds himself becoming entangled with a group of mysterious strangers who are set to change his life forever. I loved the character of Rory and I enjoyed seeing events unfold around him. Although I didn't always understand the subtext to some of the things that happened in the book, I honestly didn't feel that this mattered at all. I just loved the wild, elemental feel of the story and the sense that something epic was unfolding on the page. This is the third and final book in the series but I almost think that you could read it as a standalone novel. It's not until the last few chapters that all the threads start to come together and previous characters return for the conclusion. Although I've read the whole series, it's been quite a while since I finished the first two books and I was a little hazy on some of the events that had taken place. Gradually I began to recollect things that had happened but don't let it put you off if this is the first book by James Treadwell that you're picking up. I'm sure you will enjoy it anyway! I highly recommend this to fantasy fans who are looking for that next great read.

  • Cindy
    2019-06-01 06:52

    Had been waiting for this third book in the trilogy and was so glad to finally have it. The first section, Rory's life on Home, was not what I'd expected. Found Rory's bumbling nature a little hard to reside in as everything was experienced through his eyes. But, being a 10 year old boy means he was witnessing a lot without really being capable of effective action. After I got comfortable with that - and accepted that he at least was on a very interesting journey, I started to really enjoy the beauty of the writing and the unfolding story.By the end of the book, I was more than happy to have taken the journey with Rory. Treadwell's prose is completely engaging, rich, and thought-provoking. Many of the features of the post-apocalyptic world he creates in the pages of the trilogy resonate with present day problems (consumerism gone wild). And he wrestles with eternal human questions such as the existence of god, the nature of life and being human (and deeply flawed - which is part of the package for all of us), and how we deal with the morally indifferent reality of nature (and life in general).Loved this book, and the entire series. This trilogy feels capable of becoming akin to a Lord of the Rings classic in stature, over time.

  • Viki Holmes
    2019-06-04 04:51

    I have been desperately waiting for this third and final instalment of James Treadwell's groundbreaking and heart wrenching magic-returns trilogy, and it did not disappoint. Interestingly, the narrative does not begin where Anarchy left us, but introduces a new character, Rory, living on the Isles of Scilly, eighteen months after magic has returned to Britain. And while this could have been disconcerting, Treadwell knows just what he is doing and launches us into this new perspective beautifully: Rory is a fine character and his situation compelling. The last time I remember feeling this way about a sequel is after discovering that Diana Wynne Jones had written two sequels to Howl's Moving Castle, both set in the same world but expanding the vision to include new characters: the first unavoidable sense of disappointment and disorientedness at a sequel-that-is-not-a-sequel, swiftly evolving into unalloyed delight at the realisation that the new characters are every bit as richly drawn and sympathetic as those that have gone before. A tour-de-force.

  • Marzie
    2019-05-22 07:50

    I wanted to like this book so much. It started well but seems to have gone off track which is why it got 3 instead of 4 stars. The story is set in a post magical apocalypse world in which adolescent to adult age males are frequently killed (drowned) by mermaids (sirens) who lure them away from safety. I found the mermaid the protagonist interacts with fascinating and wanted more time with her, but got instead a peculiar development with a menacing Italian trio. That smoothed out but I have to say that was initially annoyed by the rather stereotypical representation of Uccelino and his quixotic interaction with Rory. Some of the other magical creatures were well drawn, though. Can't go into further detail without involving spoilers. I enjoyed Treadwell's writing style, if not always the narrative direction.Though this is part of a trilogy, it can definitely be read as a standalone. I would probably go back and read the first two books, Advent and Anarchy.

  • Alan
    2019-05-19 09:34

    I'd really been looking forward to this, the third book in the series, but I guess it's just been too long coming. I couldn't remember what had happened to some of the characters who reappear toward the end. And . . . what ever happened to those people in Alaska in the second book? So, my advice is this: now that all three books are out, read them one after the other. It's more like a really long book than three books.

  • Linda
    2019-06-09 08:54

    Arcadia had a very different "feel" than either Advent or Anarchy. It was also quite long, although interesting enough to keep me reading for over 500 pages. Nice to wrap up Gavin and Marina's stories, but I wish I could find out what happened to Goose. Gavin came from Canada (I can't recall how he got there) so there must be a connection to the events of Anarchy, but I can't figure it out.

  • Kitty Hoffman
    2019-05-29 11:44

    This book was so cool! It was a page turner until the very end. It is from the perspective of a 10 year old boy which makes it very interesting. Even the title has a deeper meaning that is tied into the whole story! I recommend this book to anyone who loves adventure, risk taking and books that have the perfect amount of seriousness and humor all tied together!

  • Megan
    2019-05-25 08:50

    I have really loved this entire series. Dark, magical, complicated, twisted and deeply satisfying. Not for the person who needs everything tied up neatly.

  • Brett
    2019-06-04 05:46

    Brilliant, brilliant series! I will definitely have to re-read these at some point. They are no doubt destined to be classics.

  • Dorothy
    2019-05-29 04:51

    Excellent book. Perfect ending. Highly recommend ! When I got to the last hundred pages I kept stopping after a couple of pages because I didn't want it to end!