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The Drowned Vault (Ashtown Burials #2) Paperback – August 6, 2013
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This novel is a bit darker than the first, in that it deals with death and resurrection and some rather morbid issues though NOT in a graphic way. I would be a bit cautious in giving it to a young reader but didn't find it overly scary or horrific or graphic, just a bit creepy. If you liked the first novel you will like this one even more and will be on the edge of your seat till the end!
But The Drowned Vault left me with a completely different feeling. This book started out with a bang and just kept going. It didn't spend eons catching readers up like I expected, instead it went straight to the action and kept running. Readers will love the increased interactions with transmortals (god like creatures who aren't limited by silly things such as death), watching them use their powers, fight, and really charge up the story. These transmortals change the entire shape of the story, instead of just fighting a war on just one front, with Phoenix, now with the transmortals free, the O and B in shambles, and the Smiths on the run from everyone, lets just say readers will not be easily bored.
Of course, besides constant action, N.D. Wilson really stepped up his writing game this book, building on his characters and letting them grow and become fuller. This allows for both captivating reading as well as a deeper involvement with the book and characters overall, making a much more enjoyable read.
Really that sums up The Drowned Vault pretty succinctly. It is fun, exciting, full of action and good characters, and I absolutely can't wait to find out what happens in the next book in the captivating series.
I am torn with what rating to give, and would definitely go 3.5 stars if I could. I think the story line is unique and fun. There are tons of spiders, and some zombie creations going on, but nothing too graphic except for the very sensitive readers. ND Wilson has done a great job in previous books creating characters that are so human, relatable and interesting that it was the people who carried the stories (leepike ridge, 100 cupbords) in the first book of Ashtown, I think it switched so that there was a ton of action that sometimes left the characters a little shallow. This one is definitely better, and I like the people we have met and want to read more about them. One of the author's strengths is his ability to play with words and say things in funny and unique ways. I love it when he is using that to describe people and places, but I think sometimes that same strength can get in the way when he is describing action sequences. There were multiple times in the story where I was confused as to what was happening and had to re-read portions. I wouldn't have lowered my rating so much for this except this is a middle readers book, and I think if I struggled, then they would too.
Bottom line: it's good, it's worth reading, and I will continue reading the series as it comes out, but I do think it would be a difficult story to follow audibly or for anyone with a shorter attention span.
Reading "The Drowned Vault" is like rolling around in a pile of leaves, and every leaf a truth--truth about man, truth about the world, truth about the devil, truth about the Storyteller of it all. Open your senses. Open your mind. And if you don't open your heart, it'll be open by the end. Get ready to drown.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved this book. Even my 4yr old and 2yr old got into it. We immediately bought the next book in the series.Published 16 months ago by Gabriel Rench
Thrilling story of a war between good and evil. N.D. Wilson's book was hard to put down. I can't wait to read the next one.Published 18 months ago by Selina Kyle
This is not a book that just connects book one and book three. There is great writing that moves the action along but continues the great adventure of the Smith's and company.Published 19 months ago by D. Clark
Great series by Mr. Wilson. My children enjoyed the "100 Cupboards" trilogy and are now diving into the new series.Published 20 months ago by Green Chile
Great typical writing from Mr. Wilson, mixing excitement and fantasy with dirt and a plot that unravels like an onion, and leaving you with the feeling like you've just read a good... Read morePublished on August 19, 2014 by Jeff
Each volume of the Ashtown Burials gets better and better.
I read them aloud to my kids. (And I read them silently to myself when reading to my kids goes too slow...)
I loved how the story progressed from the first book & all the new and returning characters. I became so engrossed in the plot that I couldn't put it down!Published on June 21, 2014 by Jodi Smith
I read all three of these books to my 8-year-old daughter and we have loved them. We are biting our nails waiting for another one. Read morePublished on June 14, 2014 by sharon