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The Island on the Edge of Forever (The Epic of Aravinda) (Volume 2) Paperback – May 25, 2015
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"The author's prose is smooth and rhythmic...with layers of meaning and complexity for those who care to look." -- Michael Coorlim, Author of the classic steampunk series Galvanic Century
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Top customer reviews
The author continues to keep your attention with his ability to paint a vivid picture of a strange new world.
Will they see each other again? Do they complete their missions? Read and find out! This book is definitely worth your time!
The pacing was slower, deeper, and richer compared to the first book in the series, “The Truth Beyond the Sky.” Actually I found the pacing to be perfect. I was expecting a slow character-based sequel but it turned out to be action-packed and fascinating too.
There are a couple twists that, despite some foreshadowing, weren’t given away while reading; that was a skillful touch. “The Island on the Edge of Forever” picks up where the first one leaves off and does not disappoint in where it takes the plot. A truly worthy follow up. I eagerly anticipate the next one.
My favorite thing about this series is the imaginative, detailed and descriptive way the author constructs the worlds. He is very good at describing scenery and characters that make me feel that I am right there in the world. As a biologist, I particularly enjoyed the descriptions of other-worldly animals in this book, which was extremely well done. I also appreciate the fact that this story is told mostly from the perspective of female character, which I feel is still uncommon in the science fiction literature.
However, there were a few aspects of the book that didn't resonate with me as well as the previous points, but this could be due to my personal preferences, and in no way should lessen another's enjoyment of this story. For me, there were too many all knowing "objects" or beings who come into the story to tell the characters what they need to do next on their journey. For me, once or twice is acceptable, but many of the major developments of the plot were driven by these external forces acting on the main characters, rather than the main characters moving forward through internal discovery. There is a distinctly spiritual feel throughout the book, and some of the scientific technologies are not as well explained as I would like. But since I am a scientist, I may view this with more criticism than another book genre, so take this with a grain of salt.
I think that this book would appeal to a broad audience, appropriate for both adults and children who are interested in science fiction and fantasy. Really, the main theme of this story is one of personal growth told on a backdrop of beautiful galactic scenery, with ethereal beings and hideous villains. I recommend it to anybody!
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