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The Crimson Vault (The Traveler's Gate Trilogy Book 2) Kindle Edition
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- Book 2 of 3 in The Traveler's Gate Trilogy
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- File size : 3317 KB
- Publication date : August 27, 2013
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Print length : 386 pages
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0989671798
- Publisher : Hidden Gnome Publishing; 2nd edition (August 27, 2013)
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00EV12PH0
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #59,859 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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And that's really what this book is about: fleshing out the details. House of Blades had an almost superficial quality to it. Witty dialogue and flashy action scenes? Yes! Detailed descriptions about culture or geography? Not so much. So after reading House of Blades, I felt a bit incomplete. The prose was excellent, the characters well thought-out, and the story line enjoyable. But where was the worldbuilding? Where was the nitty-gritty minutate that brings out my inner fan girl? I wanted to immerse myself into House of Blades, but there just wasn't enough substance for me to latch onto.
That's where The Crimson Vault comes in. It had depth. It has texture. It has richness. The same brilliant writing is there but there is a sense of underlying context behind every word. The attention paid to the social structure, history, and political relationships helps make this world as immersive and real as possible.
Of course, even good worldbuilding can't manage to overshadow the epic battles showcased throughout The Crimson Vault. Valinhall, as it turns out, has a lot more goodies to offer Simon besides liquid steel and Nye essence. Stone, diamond, and black gauntlet - I love how Will Wight introduces these new powers - they make each and every confrontation between Travelers memorable.
As for the other Travelers, Kai is as creepy as ever, Leah is even more manipulative, and Alin continues to merrily make every possible mistake he can. Lots of the characters are broken, and that's the way I like it! It helps steer the narrative away from the traditional good vs. evil paradigm, and kept me guessing which faction each character belonged to.
So is The Crimson Vault worth your $2.99? Without a doubt, yes! It is a refined and improved version of House of Blades. Well worth your money.
- Focus on worldbuilding
- Same quality prose
- Untraditional storyline
- Introduction of new powers and Traveler realms
- $2.99 cost
- Occasional typos
- 2014 release date for the third and final book to the series
The politics from the first book come into much more clarity with “Vault” and we as the reader start to better understand the backgrounds, the motives, and the looming confrontations at play. Again, what sets these books apart from most others in the genre is that there isn’t really a good versus evil or right versus wrong in the story. I’m two thirds of the way through the series and I still don’t know what side is really doing the right thing. The same thing applies to our three main characters. None of them have really been given the opportunity to make informed decisions. Each of them has been thrust into a world at war, each of them into a different set of circumstances, and each of them has had to make life changing decisions based only on the limited information that their peers have given them. Because of that, each of them continues to make mistakes and missteps……and again, that’s what helps to endear each of them to the reader. It’s really very clever on the part of Wight.
If “Vault” has a flaw, it’s that Wight still doesn’t quite have the ability to immerse you completely in his world. He describes it, sure. But there is some kind of intangible ability that some of the more established authors possess that allows them to draw you in so deep that you forget you’re reading a book and instead become part of the world you’re reading about. Wight doesn’t quite have that power yet. He shows much promise however, and I am confident that as he continues to write, we’ll start to see more of that type of immersive experience in his stories.
All in all, “The Crimson Vault” is a step up from an already good first book. This one is a 4.5 out of 5. Well worth your time and money. I look forward to finishing the series.
Top reviews from other countries
However, book 2 slowed down midway because the characters were passive in their own story. Then book 2 became very difficult to read by the end of the book, with confusing choices from some characters, which was alluded to in the story so far, but escalates at a dizzying pace in the final 20 pages, whilst having very little internal growth in power from Simon.
What really makes the book readable is the authors excellent characters. They are all slightly damaged but utterly believable. You don't get pure hearts or simple blood thirsty fools here. They are all unique and, quite frankly, some of the best written and rounded characters I have come across in any literature.
It is these characters I am returning for and not the rather standard series of challenge and reward magics which gets a bit repetitive and we have to spend a lot of time learning the rules which change as a result of the Valinhall incarnation. Still a good romp.