Good one. In this entry we get a ancient temple raid and a major world event is triggered in which players and npc's go to war. The implications of the time dilation tech is examined and the AI continues to explore his existence and relationship with the players. Claire's activities continue, it won't end well for her I hope. New critters to fight and the skeleton crafting skill gets a work out. I liked the chapter beginnings they worked for me. Can't say I'm a fan of the cliffhanger endings they would work better as prologues for the next novel. In my opinion anyway. I'll be starting the next soon.
This book adhered to the standard set by the first two books, but was marred by a couple of complaints( this is normal, I'm a negative reader who fixated on even slight problems)
The first complaint is that the chapter interludes, the little bits of italicized text at the beginning of each chapter break up he flow and give a sense of helpless this is how Shifs going to how down hillmsoon and the protagonist is completely ignorant of it. Now while these mini interludes give complimentary context the overall feeling on the first read-through is one of helpless doom. The second read-through is much improved by knowing what comes next. This is almost a case of too much information but it does add meaningful context. I personally would have rather that some of the miniludes were condensed down into full chapters even if it meant bouncing around in the chronology of the book a bit, but to each their own.
My second quibble is that the book ended on another cliffhanger.
Now there are some places where cliffhangers are tolerated but not enjoyed and other places where they are simply annoying.
Places they are tolerated: Webcomics which!ay need a hook to keep people interested. Web serials which may need a hook to keep people interested. Soap operas which may need a hook to keep people interested. Low quality tv shows which need a hook to keep people interested. Short serial novella which are frequently published and may need a hook to keep people interested.
Places where cliffhangers are annoying: Well written full sized novel series which have year long waits between books. Feature length movies with year long waits between sequels. Good tv shows with year long wait between seasons.
The point I'm trying to make is that a cliffhangers should not be used when there's a long wait before it's answered. Because it's frustrating as hell to have to wait a year in limbo to find out what happens in the next book. At two books in a row with cliffhangers I'm going to wait a month and check reviews for the next book, because if the fourth book ends on a cliffhanger then I'll wait until the series is finished before reading any of the books again. So i don't have to deal with a final chapter that would Be better left off the book and used as the prologue or first chapter of the next book.
In summary please Mr author get rid of the habit of writing the end of each book like a damn web serial/novel and give proper endings. We read three books already. You have our attention, you don't need to put a hook at the end like a bargain bin Spanish soap opera. Lose the cliffhanger and write it as a prologue instead. Please.
I very much enjoyed this instalment of the story and look forward to the continuing adventure. I took off one star because a significant portion of the story, long sections of story from others perspectives, were all in italics. Perhaps a third of the book. This just annoyed the hell out of me as I found it hard to read.
I read the first book in the series not sure that I would like the story, not being a fan of stories written from the evil point of view. However Travis has a unique twist on this and I have thoroughly enjoyed the series and am looking forward to the next book. Not a fan of the cliffhangers, but overall a thoroughly enjoyable read and written better than some in this genre.