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- Publisher: Wisecraft Publishing (November 21, 2017)
- Publication Date: November 21, 2017
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- Language: English
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There is a lot of complexity to this story, if one cares to deal with it. I've decided I need to go back and read the first three books again, and then read Forgetting once more. I had to do this when the third book came out as well. I don't mind this. Lamplighter's character are rich and deep. Just when I think the author has walled one into an archetypal box, something happens and I get to see a deeper side.
Why would a 13-year old girl spend hours in the gym practicing falling off a broom? One never knows when that might be useful, what with the ogres, imps and other creatures on the rampage.
One minor nit (for which I'm not going to remove a star) is that it seems like the backstory of Sigfried and the dragon he "slew" changed between the first book and this one. I probably would have missed it if it didn't end up being an important story point near the end.
Anyway, I'd continue to call this series a good twist on, essentially, the Harry Potter books, but from an author with a better repertoire of mythology and literature to draw on
I preferred this one to #3, which was a bit too "samey" and blurred together. The Awful Truth About Forgetting is clear and builds the complexity of the characters as they continue absorbing the results of the previous books.
There are, though, a few things that trouble me, which I think add up to be worth knocking off a star. For one, while I realize this is allegory/crossover mashup in the Narnian style, so not everything's going to fit together really well, and further that this very dissonance is an important part of the setting. And I cannot recall any instance of it being done better, apart from perhaps the Maia of Tolkien's setting or the Eldila from the space trilogy, so perhaps it is not fair to blame the series for the lapse; certainly I've seen it done much worse. But I do not find the portrayal of an angel convincing. Eternity occasionally comes through with Leander (and it is indeed appropriate for it to come through more in this case), but the angel seems far too stuck in time. Plus, if he's really an angel, how could he possibly be bound to the service of such a one as he is? There are also several instances which could be taking as excusing or encouraging lying (or memory alteration, which seems to me basically the same sort of thing) under some circumstances and encouraging a kind of ends-justify-the-means attitude toward the same.
Also, some of the apparent theological implications rub me the wrong way. I hesitate to bring them up because things might pan out satisfactorily in later books and this is, after all a fictional setting, but the rating is on enjoyment and they did detract from this. Nothing definite, just a few things that smelled wrong, so to speak. To give an example of the kind of thing I mean, one of the characters who we have reason to believe knows what he's talking about seems to be suggesting that the damned in Hell could somehow be rescued by human agents, as if Hell were simply a place one could walk out of and not something eternal. That he does this by quoting Revelations 20:14 while conveniently leaving out verse 15 doesn't help. But eternity is not just MORE TIME. Eternity transcends time: "Before Abraham was, I AM." Eternal punishment is not eternal just because the damned are not released but because it could not, by definition, possibly be otherwise. A few other things of this nature present themselves.
Still, you could do a lot worse. It's a solid, entertaining read. It's possible moral problems are at worst still a fair sight better than the bulk of other books coming out these days, and I'd certainly rate it above Harry Potter, it's nearest relative that I'm aware of, in terms of not only it's morals, but also it's craft and creativity. I've already introduced my sister to the series.