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Chains of Mist (Chalas Peruvas) (Volume 2) Paperback – January 24, 2016
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Timothy Metivier was born in Madison, Wisconsin and grew up in Buffalo, New York. He enjoys the cold weather so much that he went to college at Colgate University in upstate New York before returning to Madison for his MA in Classics from the University of Wisconsin. He runs competitively as part of the Bergen Elite Running Club and also enjoys playing racquet sports of all kinds.
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Chains of Mist is the second in the Chalas Peruvas series, and it does not disappoint. There are familiar characters and new faces but the journey continues with lots of twists and turns. This is turning out to be a solid series full of intergalactic travel, magic, prophecy, camaraderie and family. The writing is on point and the characters are well developed without resorting to extreme plot devices or blocky narration. I’m really enjoying the story and looking forward to the revelations to come.
This jumped right into the action, sparing little in the way of introduction for most characters. Were given their names and what their current situation is, but for best results you should read the first book in the series.
This time some of the characters become embroiled on a war between tribes on a far-flung planet. Others travel and fight to learn the secrets of their own past. The amount of characters can be staggering, but I thought most of them were distinct and had well-explained motivations. On these alien worlds they will be tested by wars, politics, and the flora and fauna.
The story is written from a third person perspective, with several shifts between characters during each chapter. This way you always feel like youre right in the lurch of things, although sometimes I do hate to be left on a cliffhanger when were zipped away to peek in on what another character is doing. Its also an effective way to more easily make the characters relatable and of interest.
I feel like the writing improved. The descriptions and dialogue flow very well and create vivid images, whereas in the first book I thought sometimes it sounded silly or amateurish. The improvement goes a long way toward keep me engaged. The book is filled with various terms that originate within the world, if you were able to read A Clockwork Orange and keep up you'll have no problem deciphering what the various make-believe words indicate. Well, that and the glossary at the end of the book.
I'm digging the series. Best of all, I think its getting better. Well see if it becomes a trend with a third novel.
Simple stars are used to break up the fairly limited third person narrative, which towards the beginning sometimes got confusing when new characters are story streams are introduced. Their differing allegiances are slowly threaded together, however, to fight the bigger threat.
Description style is thick, but not irrelevant and dialogue is true to life. A good example of the style would be: ‘moons had already risen, hanging low in the sky like ripe luma fruits’. On occasion, there is also some clunky phrasing, but this is easily overlooked. Setting is imaginative, plot solid and keeps to well-established tropes in the genre.
This story is not a true stand alone book. Reading the first book in the series will dramatically improve the read. However, I thoroughly enjoyed the build up to the climatic battle. This book would appeal to readers of fully immersive and descriptive fantasy or sci-fi, like Tolkein and Mieville's work.