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The Heavenly Host (Demons of Astlan) (Volume 2) Paperback – September 30, 2015
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Some of my complaints:
First, the pop culture references. If you started a drinking game where you had to take a shot every time the author put in a blatant rip-off of popular, not-so-popular, or downright antique fiction and science fiction, you would probably die from alcohol poisoning in certain parts of the book. It feels like the author just did not have the ability to make a character unique enough, so he stole it from someone else.
Second, the new characters. They are boring, worthless, and almost completely forgettable. Their most egregious offense, however, is that they have nothing to do with the plot. It feels like the author is trying to start another plot here, but like the rest of the story, he just refuses to get on with it. But maybe I am just missing the point and the author is trying to torture us with boredom to give us an object lesson of what it is like to be a demon with an accursed master who does nothing for our benefit.
Third, lack of any meaningful development of the main characters. By the end of the book, none of the main characters have done much meaningful progression. Tommus "earns stuff", but the character has not progressed much, at all. In fact, he progresses more in the last 5% of the book than he does in the first 95%. The rest of the characters are still exactly where we left them at the end of book 1. There is a "huge reveal" at the end of book 2 that is hinted at once or twice during book 2, but it feels more like a teaser to make you want to buy book 3 than any actual storytelling.
Finally, the failure to move the plot along. I touched on this in my earlier summary, but there is just too much filler material that just seems intended to prevent the author from being forced to move the plot along. I find it hard to believe, myself, but book 2 takes place over the span of about a week. The book spends so much time bouncing around between new characters and their rehashing of book 1 that no time passes at all, which prevents any meaningful plot movement. When he finally does move the plot forward, it is stuffed so full of the blatant rip-offs from pop culture that it is nearly impossible to enjoy the story as a result.
To summarize, book 2 managed to stab my desire to finish this story to death. If I had not already bought book 3 at the same time I bought book 2 because I liked book 1 so much, I would have stopped right here. This book is just not worth reading.
The end of the book is not a conclusion. No archs or character decisions are resolved or even displayed. Instead we get a meaningless combat with a plethora of recently introduced villains and allies. The book is setting up for some potentially cool scenes in book three, however if I were to rate this book as a standalone instead of drawing heavily from my impressions of book 1 and hopes for book 3, this book would sit low in my 1-star category.
Also if you read this book for the enjoyable interactions between demons and human kind found in the first book, or possible interactions between demons and angel-kind that are strongly suggested in the early parts of this book, you will be sorely disappointed. With the exception of Telarius, we see no episodes of those enjoyable cultural clashes.
TLDR: Book 2 is an unedited unfinished piece of garbage that captures none of the joy of the first book.
The book starts off with the fallout from the end of the first book. Its a bit of a mess for the various groups that where watching and we get to watch as they try to cope with the fallout and new powers are set into motion.
The book starts to shift from the largely personal narrative of Thomas to a larger viewpoint as he separates from some of his companions and some new characters are introduced to represent the new factions that have taken notice because of Thomas's actions.
Through these characters eyes we are treated to the viewpoints and actions of the various factions as they try to discover and thwart Thomas's deep and cunning plan. Of course as Thomas has no such plan this grows troublesome for everyone as this is the one possibility no one anticipates.
All in all I really enjoyed this book and can't wait for book 3
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