Having reviewed the majority of the previous seven books in the series, this review will be a bit different. Because this book IS different. It is the penultimate book for one, and the pace is a lot slower for another; there is a more intense focus on a certain set of events. This book is also dark, very dark, and visceral and a difficult read in many places. Even more so than The Scarecrow and my beliefs were challenged on where I thoughts the limits were in this story: they have had to be re-evaluated. This installment of the Artesans of Albia isn’t for the faint hearted, and also for anyone that has this book, I ever so strongly suggest reading the preceding seven books in the series before starting this one.
Events have been on a downward spiral for some time, but there is a step change in this book, one that delivers a very strong emotional reaction by the end, and not necessarily of the good kind. Once that raw emotion had subsided and I had a chance to think over a couple of theories about how the series might be concluded, I believe I will likely end up judging this book more by the ultimate ending than I do now.
It is perhaps unfair that I did not give this book five stars, as Cas’ ability to build tension, even horror, to deliver that final emotional reaction, is the best of the series to date. But precisely because of how I felt after that last page is why it seemed inappropriate to give The Captives five stars. To any fans of the series already, when you too finish reading, you’ll probably understand why. For the fans, this book is a no-brainer as were all seven previous installments, and for new readers I say don’t start here! But without a doubt the finale has been set.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 3187 KB
- Print Length: 404 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1939993695
- Publisher: Albia Publishing (25 May 2016)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01FSZHYAK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 2 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,655,942 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)