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The Alcantaran Key (Volume 2) Paperback – June 25, 2012
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Maybe it's because as it often happens with second books, enthusiasm fades, and we are more critical.
First, the scale was not well thought off: It's almost as if the author has no sense of proportions. the characters travel galaxies where you would expect them to travel stars within a galaxy. Most trips are between galaxies. the incredible scale clashes at every moment with the characters lack of technological sophistication and naivete.
Second are the characters. They are too simple. putting aside the usual problem of anthropomorphism, the contrast between their level of technology, and their naivete always creates a dissonance.
There's no depth to the main protagonists, and all other characters are literally see-through.
Third are the antagonists: The author has chosen the approach of dumbing down the antagonists to make the protagonists seem taller. It's the easier approach, but it's hard to take any conflict in the plot seriously.
Last is the writing. it lacks not only experience, but also has no artifices whatsoever. like a children story, the author never hides his hand, and you see where the story leads well in advance.
I wanted to read the story, because this is exactly the kind of plot I favour. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to make up for the numerous flaws.