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The Fall of Five (Lorien Legacies, Book 4) Hardcover – August 27, 2013
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This is how the group finds and meets him, how he joins them and their initial interactions. There is a lot more to this, as the title indicates, but I am not going to give it away, sorry no spoilers. Needless to say, this is a pretty full on story for the Lorien series, there are some vicious battles, and some emotional content. There are some graphic scenes in this story, and I would warn that it is probably for a slightly more mature audience than the previous novels, or will require some parental guidance during reading it for younger readers (as in those of the 10-12yrs which I would have thought ok for the first few books)
Overall this book is a lot grittier than the others, it has gone from being the slightly amusing, teenage good vs bad story, with the occasional heart wrenching moment (when Cepan’s die for example), to rather dark and foreboding futures, graphic violence, and strong emotional themes. Don’t get the wrong impression, this is a good change, it adds a new depth to the story, and shows the direction the story is headed. After all, this is about a war between a nearly decimated race and a war mongering species right?
This story explores each of the emotional states of the main Garde, although we only hear narration from John and Marina, telling the story from their point of view, as well as giving us an understanding of the toll it is taking on them.
The other interesting point of view in this story is Sam. The start of the book actually covers his time in imprisonment and eventual rescue by his Father and Adam from Sam’s point of view. As the story continues he tells parts of it from his perspective which is really great to read. It's interesting hearing it from Sam’s point of view.
This is a really great read, and an improvement over the other books, the story has improved, and the characters have grown. The battles in this book are fierce and brutal, with dire consequences.
There are new characters, new legacies, we learn a lot more about Ella, for those that like the back story, we also learn more about Lorien and the histories etc. And as I have said, there are numerous super powered battles for those that love the Super Hero aspect.
I would like to write some things about 5, especially after having read the 2 ‘Lost Files’ that go with this story, but I don’t want to give anything away. Needless to say, once you read this review, then read the 2 ‘Lost Files’ I am sure than many of you will have an understanding of what I mean.
For fans of the series, there are several questions answered, but, there are a lot more asked as well, dragging you deeper into the series. This is a must read if you are a fan, or have enjoyed the first parts.
The one thing that really bothered me is how the author switches from one person narrating to another and it's not always clear when this happens so it sometimes took me a couple pages to figure out who was talking. This can be a very effective tool in telling different viewpoints of the same story but not so much in this case. For one thing all the narrators talked exactly the same. If you're going to have another person telling the story from their viewpoint they should have their own individual style of talking. Even though the story is being told by a different person it's being said in the same voice so it's not believable.
I like reading stories in the first person but if you're going to use that style then you need to make the switch in your head so each person has their own distinct voice. I don't understand why this wasn't more easily taken care of since the book is actually written by 2 people which makes me think 1 person comes up with the ideas and perhaps the plot while the other person actually does the writing.
I would have given the book 5 stars if the authors hadn't failed so miserably in their multi-first person narrative. The story is great, it's exciting to read science fiction that is new and different. I am anxious to read the next book which I'm assuming probably won't be out until sometime in the fall of 2014.