Friday, March 14, 2014
Like the first book the biggest strength of this one is the diversity and complexity of it's well realized cast of characters. Having said that I was disappointed that some of the events that happen do not seem to leave an emotional impact on the characters. For example a group of merecenaries attempt to rape Essa but this does not seem to have any impact on her going foward.
Pacing is initially very slow with little happening in the first third of the book. Having said that once it does pick up I was hooked and thought the ending in particular was well realized.
Another minor issue is that two conversations that Rurik has with Alviss and Essa later in the book seem to be completly recycled from earlier. This should have been picked up in editing.
Overall this is a good solid book but several issues make it somewhat less than it's predecessor. 7/10.
Sunday, March 9, 2014
Bobby's journey through hell is an emotional tour de force. While the first volume touched on the themes of redemption and characters of shades of grey this one takes it to the next level as Bobby encounters not only evil in hell but some good as well. It definitely doesn't shy away from some tough questions and the characterization definitely takes a step up from the previous volume.
My only critique would be the ending is a touch predictable and does seem a bit underwhelming compared to the rest of the story.
Overall Williams improves on his previous urban fantasy effort with a tough emotional punch. 8.25/10.