12. Shadows: Awakening Books

This is a list of all the books in the game. Sadly I can't give you too much info on what exactly the achievement for getting every book entails. I got every book except the 4 only Evia can get (did not get the duplicates) and did not get the achievement. I used Evia for my second playthrough, and got all the books specific to her and the achievement didn't unlock. Randomly later on I got the achievement, but I did not have all the books on that save, nor all the duplicates. I assume you just need to get every book including the duplicates and it tracks across saves, but I wasn't tracking it well enough to be sure (it unlocked when I did not expect it). So just grab every book when you play as Evia and it should unlock either when you get a copy of all of them, or when you get everything including the duplicates. I assume there's some carryover between saves but the game is quite buggy so it might not be working properly. Note you need to actually "read" the books for them to count. As in, check the book section of the menu and highlight each of them so the new "star" goes away. Missable books are marked with a *. Here's why they are missable.

All 4 Chronicles - Can only be acquired with Evia as your starting puppet. Kalig and Jasker have no way of getting these.

The Chronicles of the Order of the Veil, Volume III - This is found in an area that closes after a certain story event. It may also close depending on how you resolve a certain quest. The area belongs to a person who sides with one of the people from that quest, so if you make them mad it might close, didn't test it out. Either way, it closes eventually.

Research Notes of Octavia Mestrius, Treatise (all 4) - You need 3 bonekeys to get to this area, and the third key comes with a choice: you take the key or get a new party member. If you take the party member, you can't get in to get these.

Every book in Kyallisar, Upper Kyallisar and probably Thole too - After some story events late in the game these areas are different and I couldn't find any books I didn't pick up here.

Advanced Gateweaving - Lower Catacombs (sarcophagus by Guardian) AND Ruins level 2 (near stairs)
Annals of House Malfagon, Volume VIII - Fallen Eagle Fortress (in the eastern room with Kiri) AND House Malfagon (east of Tiberius)
Annals of House Malfagon, Volume X - Fallen Eagle Fortress (the "middle" north room) AND House Malfagon (southwest room)
Annals of House Malfagon, Volume XI - Fallen Eagle Fortress (northwest corner room) AND Upper Kyallisar (east of the inn)
Antiquarian's Report to the Civil Mage - Sewers (near entrance)
Chronicle of Tarkus Magnus* - Imperial Tomb I (fancy sarcophagus at the end of the dungeon, will only drop for Evia)
Chronicle of General Titus* - Imperial Tomb II (fancy sarcophagus at the end of the dungeon, will only drop for Evia)
Chronicle of General Varula* - Imperial Tomb III (fancy sarcophagus at the end of the dungeon, will only drop for Evia)
Chronicle of God-Empress Koreth IV* - Imperial Tomb IV (fancy sarcophagus at the end of the dungeon, will only drop for Evia)
City of Outcasts - Volume I - Thole (north of the merchant Tesset) AND Oasis (south of the Cenotaph)
City of Outcasts - Volume II - Lower Catacombs (chest you can open when you finish the fire tiles puzzle)
City of Outcasts - Volume III - Guild of Steel (in locked room, key comes from the miniboss) AND Nomad's Camp (progress until you get a scene, go up the stairs north of you to find this)
City of Outcasts - Volume IV - Thole (go up the stairs east of Arashad and follow the path) AND Burial Grounds (in the area with the 4 sets of stairs, take the west ones to this book)
City of Outcasts - Volume V - Thole House Cellar (near exit to Thole) AND Thole (go up the stairs east of Arashad and follow the path)
City of Outcasts - Volume VI - Guild of Steel (in locked room, key comes from the miniboss) AND Arcanum (go northeast at the first fork to find this book)
City of Outcasts - Volume VII - Lower Kyallisar (east of the merchant here) AND Upper Kyallisar (northeast of elevator to Lower Kyallisar)
Dispatch to General Akhdar, Day 204 - Taymurian Wilds (go south from Hermit's Cave and then east over shadow realm bridge, it'll be along the north wall)
Dispatch to General Akhdar, Day 231 - Taymurian Wilds (south of the Moon Wilds entrance)
Dispatch to General Akhdar, Day 282 - Moon Wilds (from the Taymurian Wilds entrance follow the path to a fork, go east, and when the path opens up go south to find this one)
Dispatch to General Akhdar, Day 285 - Moon Wilds (near the northernmost sanctuary)
Dispatch to General Akhdar, Day 362 - Moon Wilds (go north from the entrance to Dura'Tyr to find this book in an alcove with a chest)
Dispatch to General Akhdar, Day 68 - Hidden Fortress (in the second set of flame jets west side)
Dispatch to General Akhdar, Day 97 - Taymurian Wilds (head south from the Border Camp entrance and go north at the first fork, you'll see this along the north wall when it turns east)
Dispatch to the Warlord of Kyallisar, Day 1 - Sewers (north of lever/water puzzle near switch)
Dispatch to the Warlord of Kyallisar, Day 3 - Sewers (near exit to Old Sewers)
Dispatch to the Warlord of Kyallisar, Day 4 - Old Sewers (southwest of the 2 pressure plates on a pipe)
Dispatch to the Warlord of Kyallisar, Day unknown - Old Sewers (right before laser room with the weird demon boss)
Handwritten Note - Kogog'Aak (off dead rogue by pentagram you have to lure elementals to)
Jiisha's Letter I - The Hostel in Thole (right by the entrance)
Jiisha's Letter II - The Hostel in Thole (up the stairs northeast of the bone pile)
Jiisha's Letter III - The Hostel in Thole (southwest of the bone pile)
Jiisha's Letter IV - The Hostel in Thole (go up the stairs right by the bone pile, then go northwest)
Jiisha's Letter V - The Hostel in Thole (go up the stairs by the bone pile, then cross the shadow realm bridge northeast of you)
Juridical Commentary on the Zaarian Law - Nomad's Camp (north of the south exit and door that closes during scene) AND The Outlands (by southernmost sanctuary)
Kench's Letter - The Hostel in Thole (this is given to you after you investigate the Hostel, talk to Matthew, and then return to the pile of bones and interact with them using the Devourer)
Letter to General Arkus - Old Sewers (just past the room with the lasers/demon boss)
Note - Lower Catacombs (only accessible during the Tholean Tablet quest from Arashad, which appears to unlock after you reach The Outlands)
Principles of Gateweaving - Forgotten Tombs (on altar in room where you get the lock-on tutorial) AND Thole House Cellar (near exit to Thole)
Records of the Ishkai Confederacy, Volume I - Fallen Eagle Fortress (northernmost room) AND Sewers (past the pool with the eels and switch)
Records of the Ishkai Confederacy, Volume II - Meltwater Basin/Border Defenses (near fire just west of entrance)
Records of the Ishkai Confederacy, Volume III - Sewers (near switch west of the lever/water puzzle)
Records of the Ishkai Confederacy, Volume IV - Meltwater Basin/Border Defenses (just south of the king in the throne room) AND Civil Mage Villa (northeast of entrance)
Refugee's Journal, Day 1 - Sewers (southeast of the Cenotaph)
Refugee's Journal, Day 3 - Sewers (in northeast dead end with switch)
Refugee's Journal, Day 5 - Old Sewers (past the flame jets near the shadow trader)
Refugee's Journal, Day 7 - Old Sewers (at the third sanctuary of this area, go east, this is by the retracted stairs)
Research Notes of Octavia Mestrius, Treatise I - Imperial Tomb VII (in the room past the Draconian fight)
Research Notes of Octavia Mestrius, Treatise II - Imperial Tomb VII (in the room past the Draconian fight)
Research Notes of Octavia Mestrius, Treatise III - Imperial Tomb VII (in the room past the Draconian fight)
Research Notes of Octavia Mestrius, Treatise IV - Imperial Tomb VII (near entrance)
Tattered Documents - The Outlands (in chest near entrance to The Ruins)
The Chronicles of the Order of the Veil, Volume I - Imperial Tomb IV (past the west exit of the laser room you'll reach a fork, you'll see this) AND Civil Mage Villa (south of Valkarin)
The Chronicles of the Order of the Veil, Volume III - House of the Eagle (on table in east side of the area) AND Civil Mage Villa (on a chair in the room northwest of Valkarin)
The Chronicles of the Order of the Veil, Volume VII - Civil Mage Villa (in bookcase by Valkarin) AND Old Sewers (go northwest from pressure puzzle sanctuary and you'll see this at the fork)
The Godslayer - Upper Kyallisar (on the way to House of the Eagle) AND Civil Mage Villa (northeast of entrance)
The Last of the Firewyrms - Ruins level 3 (in the arena with the Bone Demon) AND Underground (room with the girl after boss)
The Law of Zaar - Nomad's Camp (after you fight in the arena, exit southeast and you'll find this by a tent) AND The Outlands (south of Desert Cave by tents)
The Origin and Nature of Shadow - Thole (west of cenotaph) AND Ruins (just inside the Ruins)
The Reliquary Crusade - Upper Kyallisar (on a table by House Malfagon) AND Civil Mage Villa (northeast of entrance)
The Shadowhands - Volume I - The Outlands (by entrance to Desert Cave) AND Kogog'Aak (just inside the dungeon)
The Shadowhands - Volume II - Sura Wastes (east of Cenotaph in small area with enemies that drop bait)
The Shadowhands - Volume III - Imperial Tomb IV (in an alcove west of The Chronicles of the Order of the Veil, Volume I) AND Old Sewers (near the end of the long path southeast of the sanctuary by the pressure plates)
The Shadowhands - Volume IV - Ice Caverns (near entrance to Imperial Tomb VII, northwest of Cenotaph)
The Shadowhands - Volume V - Fallen Eagle Fortress (southwest room) AND Sewers (in northeast dead end with switch)

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