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Obsidian: Alex Caine Book 2 by [Baxter, Alan]
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Length: 295 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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The thrilling sequel to the best-selling Bound. Alex Caine is looking for direction and trying to build a new life with his recently acquired magical talents, and Kin girlfriend, Silhouette. He is recruited by a secret organisation to head off an impending doom, foretold by Seers as already somehow linked to his destiny. Claude Darvill is desperately trying to get in touch with his father, Robert Hood. When the company, Black Diamond, reveals that Hood had gone missing after chasing Alex Caine, Darvill takes over control of Black Diamond and starts hunting Caine himself. Alex and his crew close in on three amateur mages in Britain's north, who think they have uncovered ancient magic that will reveal great powers. But they are caught in a vortex and pulled through to a strange lost city, isolated in the void. trapped in a place removed from everything they know, ruled by a hierarchy of monsters, Alex and his friends must find a way to escape Obsidian.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1441 KB
  • Print Length: 295 pages
  • Publisher: Voyager; 02 edition (1 August 2014)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JIDE4TS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #100,085 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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In this installment, Alex Caine and crew undertake a mission in the strangely isolated micro-world of Obsidian, ruled with an iron fist by a depraved group of Kin. Alex and co must discover its secrets and do their best to free the enslaved populace before they themselves are uncovered.

While it is structurally quite a different book from its predecessor, Obsidian reprises all of the pleasing features of the first installment: hard-nosed characters plunging through a twisty narrative at breakneck pace, brutal and vivid action scenes, and an engaging cast of antiheroes and monsters who must find a way to survive the physical and moral challenges Obsidian pits against them.
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By tom TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 14 July 2017
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A great sequel, stepping up the magic and detail of the world build but still including fun characters and action sequences as from the first.
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This is another great read from Alan Baxter!

Book two picks up the story of Alex Caine and Silhouette not very long after book one. However, Alex is already feeling like a bit of a loose end needed direction. Along comes Armour! International secret society protecting the world from evil magic. I found myself wondering where these people were in book one. An explanation was given, but I found it a bit cliché. That was okay, the start of the first book was also a bit cliché and it turned out great.

A new character is also quickly introduced, Claude Darvill, son of the main villain in book one. His introduction, in hindsight, is also a bit cliché, but I didn’t notice while reading the book.

Also introduced early are a trio of would-be wizards seeking a mysterious magic treasure. As they hunt for the treasure, Alex (with friends) hunts them and Claude hunts Alex. They all come together and Alex’s special gem (stuck in his chest from book one.) triggers a trap that sends them all to Obsidian.

Obsidian is an interesting place and is well created. The rest of the story basically follows Alex, and friends, attempts to find a way out. This involves lots of all round action and drama; Another great roller coaster ride.

One slight disappointment, for me, was that I work out how it was going to end well before the end. This took a little bit of shin off the story, because I found it predicable, but I still enjoyed the read.

One other issue, for me, is the use of foul language. I get that Alex and friends are tough and talk tough. What I don’t get is an immortal creature that has been trapped in a pocket universe for some thousands of years also talking and swearing like someone from a pub in Kings Cross. It just frustrates me.

If you loved book one, you will like book two. However, book three is the best of all, and that will be my next review.
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The four stars is just because I feel the author's lack of clarity in his descriptions of the love between Alex and Sil. It is as though he needs to make use of cheesy cliques to describe their feelings for each other. Other than that I continue to be hooked and will now continue with book three. It's a great read in every other respect. Peter Eerden
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