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NOW ONTO BOOK THREE!!!
15 November 2016
WELL, WHAT AN ENDING! The cliffhanger you have when you don't have a cliffhanger, the ending to CROWN OF MIDNIGHT gifts the reader with the suckerpunch only the most alert and outlandish fans of this remarkably popular series could contemplate.
It must be said, however , that just like book one, the opening section is a little slow to get going. The pace of the book picks up as you make progress through the story, however; and the secret and legendary tunnels that are believed to exist beneath the castle's ancient library could almost be used as a metaphor for the book's plot. And vice versa.
New characters are introduced, but some of their oral behavioural patterns tend to drag the book's IQ level down a few degrees. They are certainly original, however, and enhance the story by their addition, but more could have been achieved with a with a more mature outlook. Obviously the book's central characters return and the story telling ties between Dorian, Chaol and (of course) Calaena twist and turn like the mighty Amazon river at full tide. Other characters begin to show their true selves at different stages of the story and these particular evolutions will potentially leave the reader breathless with expectation when they stop to think of the associated ramifications.
The writing style hadn't changed much; apart from the handful of criticisms I have outlined above. But that's no bad thing - just as the millions of copies of books in this series that have been sold will verify.
Fantasy lovers will stand tall in this book as the story shows its true character. Book one was essentially a YA romance (nothing wrong with that) but book two evolves into something much greater. if any story can prove the adage that a good fantasy series is more than the sum of its parts, MIDNIGHT CROWN is it. I hereby award full marks for one of the mot exciting, emotional and action packed YA books released this generation. Now onto book three!