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Ascension: Nate Temple Series Book 13 Kindle Edition
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- Book 13 of 14 in Nate Temple Series
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- Publication date : September 9, 2019
- File size : 2210 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 294 pages
- Publisher : Argento Publishing, LLC (September 9, 2019)
- ASIN : B07WK92DWM
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #11,903 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Silvers writing is as usual deeply character-centric and his tone for Nate Temple comes as easily as breathing to him now, with rigid focus on his inner perspective and machinations from thoughts distant and far reaching to the moment-to-moment panic, glee, and rage that comes with every new twist or brawl put in his way. Nate has become discernibly weathered after processing the events of his last outing, and with a minor time skip stacking the chips against him, he's once again engaged in cat's paw and subterfuge play that leaves him seemingly in the depths of madness and chaos with his friends and allies all in the dark and questioning his motivations once more. While not taking another trip to Hell itself in this installment, Nate does his damnedest to show that all his good intentions will be paving his way back there soon enough, given some of the more grim toned foreshadowing.
While the action is still as quick and brassy as ever, and the character introspection Nate once again delves into showing his progression from earlier books and again solidifying his not-quite-a-nice-but-good-guy identity, the story does throw a few curveballs that somehow go abruptly 90 degrees away from the narrative flow. Silvers is always eager to throw new twists and turns at his readers, and these certainly do the job, maybe a little too well for where they fit to the story's pacing as they are jarring enough to drag it to a halt.
While Silvers has always been as clever with his callbacks as much as his foreshadowing, the twist with a returning Valkyrie being not the one past readers might have expected her to be, and now being a suddenly prominent presence in Nate's current day to day life smacks almost of a missed installment or novella during the noted span of time from the last book. Lead that to a startlingly abrupt emotional encounter with her and a rather jarring, almost scathing development right at the start of the book with fellow second series protagonist Callie Penrose, its more than a little difficult to get a feel of what Silvers is trying to do with their character development. It all feels a bit too hard pressed and too distinctly tangible for being so quickly developed in the timeline of events and how they go about unfolding. One thing I have never known Silvers to be is bluntly or needlessly heavy handed with his writing, making me as a reader rather confused and as a fellow writer, wary of imminent shenanigans, especially considering the book's ending with many more unresolved issues left flapping in the wind than those that are put to rest.
Overall the book is another enjoyable ride and while not as high stakes and heavy rolling with the twists and revelations for the grander plot, the gut-punchingly abrupt character focused twists are made almost groan-worthy from knowing the next direct installment won't be until next year at least. Which I will be looking forward to as always.
Take various Horsemen, a Daywalking vampire, the God of Mischief, two weird werewolf pups and a stoned bear; add a dash of assassination and a pinch of forgotten gods. Shake, don't stir!
In the middle of the book, Nate tells himself that he wanted to lay low for a while before returning home or parting ways with his crew in order to get rest. He never gets a chance. Shayne takes us along for a wild ride of events that only his mind could imagine. And, he even takes on a slide down into another rabbit hole of enormous implications.
We meet new characters and we discover new insights of those we know already. There is even a return of one of our favorites, who always gives way to humor and delight. Just when you think you have figured out the mind of Nate, or rather Shayne’s, something happens to shine light on the world of the TempleVerse, or ours.
Shayne, through imagery, dialogue and action, brings to life legends and myths of books long forgotten. He does this with humorous and snarky content as well as words that take your breath away. To give you an idea, one line stood out to me, “I didn’t buy into the old, oft-repeated adage, time heals all wounds. In my opinion, time opened all wounds, was a more accurate assumption.”
The Nate Temple Series is a jewel worth more than money and if you want to find a world that teaches you that “real strength comes from your roots instead of your accomplishments”, take a step into Nate’s world. Your life will never be the same.
Top reviews from other countries
I'm on my 3rd reading of the series and I'm only now picking up some of the clues subtley dropped into the story line from book one onwards.
Do not read while eating, drinking or in public as you might die of laughter and other people will look at you in wonder.