- File Size: 5238 KB
- Print Length: 503 pages
- Publisher: William J. Jackson (August 3, 2016)
- Publication Date: August 3, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01J0DWIRA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,678 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
Cerulean Rust: Book Two of the Rail Legacy Kindle Edition
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While the first installment revolved around a status quo of murder-mysteries, this one quickly throws aside any previous formula. There's more action, higher stakes, and deeper explorations of the characters as a result. And more characters. Flag Epsom, and the Huntress in Hazel return, and we're treated to a pretty vulnerable opening for Epsom, who was kept at arm's reach emotionally the last time. Tad, a gravedigger, formerly Chance of the Guild of Honor, is another breakout star, capable of hulking out, in a sense, and being generally unkillable, I guess . And a small band of youthfully optimistic acrobats are a joyful addition as they try to fill the big shoes the Guild left behind with tragic results.
This is his Empire Strikes Back. All your favorites and more are together again and closer than ever but are soon to be pulled apart. Just as that great sequel expanded the universe of its predecessor and then tore the heart in two for a tragically unresolved conclusion, so also Cerulean Rust expands all the backstory and context of its original and tears our heroes apart before its completion. Just like watching Empire for the first time, I said to myself, this can’t be the end. It’s not finished! But, wait I must for whatever fate Jackson holds in store. This story is no less dismal when its characters learn the fate of their comrades just before the epilogue denies them any time to go after them.
Conclusion: 4.5 out of 5 stars. William J Jackson proves extremely adept at building an interesting world and walking you through it just as the walls are crumbling around your feet. His characters will grow on you and his mysteries will lure you in deeper.
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While this is a stirring science fiction thriller, there is a lot of dialogue and character development to pay attention to, alongside the action scenes, and it disregards any outdated pulp cliches. I'm not exactly sure if there will be another book in the series but I hope there is, because I'd definitely be willing to read it!