- File Size: 980 KB
- Print Length: 308 pages
- Publisher: David N. Alderman (July 22, 2012)
- Publication Date: July 22, 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008O675VE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
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Black Earth: Dark Masquerade Kindle Edition
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Review: The saga of Black Earth continues on in the third and penultimate in the series, Dark Masquerade. Like the previous novels, Alderman has several story arcs that run alongside each other. Most of the characters in these storylines cross paths at some points, while other characters seem to be waiting to meet until the final story in the saga. Whereas many books that attempt this sort of divided attention have a difficult time maintaining either focus or interest in the story, Dark Masquerade (and indeed the entire series so far) does not. Alderman is very skilled at creating unique and engaging storylines through the world of his stories. The reader has no problems keeping these storylines and character separated, while keeping the overall story moving forward. This book was a little slow in the beginning, but picks up and explodes after the first few chapters.
The characters of Dark Masquerade are equally engaging, and Alderman gives us a great variety of believable and relatable characters. From the chain-smoking ex-timeline cop Macayle, to the self-described sexual predator Cynthia Ruin (who in reality is a terribly broken person), the characters contain a great deal of depth and the reader readily identifies with them. There's a few two-dimensional characters in the story, but most of them don't stick around (or survive) for too long to really matter.Read more ›
The story takes place following the characters that have been introduced in the first two books, but they have separated for the most part leading to a fair amount of scene jumping. This honestly had me a bit confused at first since it has been a while since I read either of the first two books in the series. I did pick up everything pretty quickly once I started to get pulled into the story though. The flow of the book was excellent and had me locked into the story after the introductory getting my bearings. Nathan is still a decent guy, who has some character flaws, but he is easy to respect. Daisy is a tragic figure being held for execution for refusing to bow to the presidential mandates and being used as an example.Read more ›
I like the way the author lays out each chapter. The book is laid out beautifully to intertwine the story through the multiple characters. The Black Earth series is very character heavy and this novel is not different; however, this book starts to bring all the story lines together from the previous books and really explains the history behind each character. The reader starts to understand why certain things happen the way they did in previous books. You really start to understand what type of people the characters are...example -Cynthia is pregnant and truly loves this baby growing inside her...yet she is so naive and uneducated. She drinks NyQuil to handle her cold/allergies and is still sleeping with random men.Read more ›
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