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Rachel Starr Thomson is a writer, indie publisher, editor, and writing coach, bringing together imagination, inspiration, and spiritual truth. She's the author of the Seventh World Trilogy and other books published by Little Dozen Press.
Rachel is a homeschool graduate, a dweller in southern Canada, a lover of long walks, good books, hot tea, and rich fellowship, and a counter-cultural revolutionary who thinks we'd all be much better off if we pitched our television sets out the nearest window.
The writing is excellent, but this book was much DARKER than the first one. I loved Book One - Worlds Unseen. It was very inspiring. I still think about it. This book, Book Two, had a lot more death, violence and evil in it. I definitely would not read it to children.
I just started Book Three - the Coming Day. I hope it is more hopeful and uplifting. It sounds like it is from the reviews I've read.
Also, if you are reading the series, I don't think you have to read Book Two in order to keep track of the story. The author does a good job of inserting mini-summaries in Book Three that explain any key points you might have missed in Book Two. If I had known, I probably would have skipped Book Two. The writing is very good, but my heart is too sensitive to handle so much violence, death and outright evil. It left me feeling heavy - not uplifted like the first book.
If you loved her writing with Book 1, you will thoroughly enjoy and be captivated with Rachel Starr Thomson's continuing saga in the second book of the series. With writing every bit as great as in the first book, the author continues to enthrall and capture the readers attention throughout! I simply have to get the next book!
It's got a good plot, but I was disappointed to see the story shift so strongly away from Maggie's character which I assume was the main character of the first story. There are alot of feel good moments and while that's good. (Nicholas marries Marja, Miracle Falla in love with Michael) It all roughly comes at the same time, kinda like an onrush of this person marries that person!!! And then that person marries this person!! Don't get me wrong it's still a good story. Just sometimes the romance feels rushed. As for the villain,....Master Skraetock was good. The Nameless One was better. Good overall.
I enjoyed this trilogy. I usually get bored about mid-way through the second book in a trilogy. It seems like often they are making a trilogy out of a book that should have been one good-sized book. But each one of these books brought a new story and gave a bit more insight into the story as a whole. I will probably read this group of books again now that I know where the author was going with it. Also, because this trilogy is one I wouldn't mind sharing with my growing grandchildren and others, if I had it all to do over again I'd probably buy it in paper form. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Fabulous allegory.
After reading the first book, I immediately bought the sequel. I had to know what was going to happen next, and was I in for more excitement than I thought.
There were only two things that I didn't like about this book. 1. Sometimes the bad guys were a little too dark for my liking (although good ultimately always triumphs over evil) 2. There wasn't a lot about Maggie. Although Maggie is part of the story, she doesn't have as big of a role.
As I said before, Rachel's writing style is nothing short of lyrical. I reread many portions and read some of them aloud, just because they sounded amazing. I can see this as a wonderful book to read aloud as a family. Even though I didn't like the fact that Maggie wasn't as much in this book as she was the last book, Rachel introduced some wonderful characters to make up for it. Miracle was my favorite of the new characters. She was so sweet as well as wise; I couldn't help but love her. I also loved how she cares for even the bad guys.
Rachel already established that she was a good world builder in the first book, but in this book she established herself as one of the best world builders ever in my mind. She introduced a culture that lives below the ground and has for many years. The Darkworlders were a culture unlike any other, and she did them well.
I recommend this book for those whole loved the first one, love fantasy, adventure, and allegories.
There are a lot of new characters in this book and I'm not sure if they are necessary. They're likeable, however. I grew to care about them and what happened to them. I haven't finished the last book of this trilogy, so maybe these people from the Green Isle will re-appear and their importance will finally be known. The rest of the characters are fleshed out more. And of course, there are enough adventures, new situations, and MORE new characters that make this book a good read.
This is the second book in the series and the author does a good job of picking up where the prior book ends. The one thing I like about this author and that each book stands alone. The author develops the components of the story and concludes them, will still leaving threads to inspire you to purchase the next book in the series. In essence, if you were reading the first book closer to its publication date, and waited two years for the next book, you would not feel like you are hanging. I like that as to me this means the author is confident enough in her writing to believe that readers will come back for the next book out of interest vs. out of feeling like they have to resolve a cliff hanger.
This series is Christian fantasy, but to me, it is not in your face. Through the characters, you see the struggle of everyday people who aren't perfect and yet are seeking God. I like that, because the author is not showing people who accept the King and become perfect, but instead shows people who continue to be flawed and make mistakes after accepting the King.
This book introduced a new people who live underground and who are helping to bridge the gap yesterday's world and today. I am intrigued by the way these people live and look forward to reading more about them in the third book.