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Morningside Fall: Legends of the Duskwalker Paperback – April 29, 2014
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“I couldn’t have wished for a better sequel.”
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“Posey has constructed a really unique world, one that steps to the side of the usual zombie tropes and provides an apocalypse that’s at once unfathomable, but also believable. That’s no mean feat.”
– SF Crow’s Nest
“What really drew me to this book was the mix of elements. It’s post-apocalyptic. It’s a western in styling. It’s science fiction–sometimes rather hard science fiction. It’s a bit of a fantasy, too. The blend of fantastical elements with the science fiction ones, which are in turn harnessed to the western post-apocalyptic setting is a matter of brilliance on Posey’s part.”
– On Writing
“Morningside Falls is a clever, unexpected take on a digitally enhanced post-apocalyptic world.”
– Never To Be Told
“You never know whether book #2 will be as good as book #1. Rest easy – although Morningside Fall has to take a different tone because of story development I feel its every bit as good as Three and it makes me anxious to read book #3! Mr Posey, I’m ready for the next installment!”
– Popcorn Reads
“The author’s writing style was still as top notch as ever. The characters are setting back out into the waste, and what isn’t fun about seeing people struggle against whatever odds a post apocalyptic world and nasty baddies can throw at them?”
– Not Yet Read
"The overall atmosphere of Morningside Fall was one of tense, edge-of-your-seat terror. Posey knows how to convey suspense, and he put his characters in danger over and over again, which left my pulse pounding and my heart racing. This is science fiction, but like the best SF, it’s also horror.
– Books, Bones & Buffy
“This is the follow-up to the book Three, which was by far one of my best reads of last year, and this one is taking its spot as my favourite read for this year.”
– Krazy Kiwi
“Morningside Fall is everything a sequel should be.”
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About the Author
Jay Posey is a narrative designer, author, and screenwriter. Currently employed as Senior Narrative Designer at Red Storm Entertainment, he's spent about 8 years writing and designing for Tom Clancy's award-winning Ghost Recon and Rainbow Six franchises. He started in the video game industry in 1998, and has been writing professionally for over a decade. A contributing author to the book Professional Techniques for Video Game Writing, Jay has lectured at conferences, colleges, and universities, on topics ranging from basic creative writing skills to advanced material specific to the video game industry. The author lives in Durham, NC.
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Top Customer Reviews
I continue to enjoy Posey's style of dialogue and character development. The characters seem true to life and I feel like I know each of them - their demeanor and nuances, their strengths and their flaws. Unlike Three, I don't feel like there's one primary hero or heroine, but that's also true to life, and gives the story a sense of reality.
The world remains a mystery, and I like that. It's not about the world, it's about the story, the characters, the overarching themes. Morningside Fall is a great Book 2 of 3, and does an excellent job of setting up the third installment and conclusion to the Legends of the Duskwalker Trilogy.
It's not as much of a quick-read as Book 1, but the slowed tempo through the middle of the book provides a fantastic payoff at the end. And by fantastic I mean an agonizing wait for Book 3. As with the conclusion of Three, I look forward to more. A lot more!
While the battles and action sequences are at least as well done as the first book, those battles often seem pointless, inserted merely because the author needed some action. In the first book, each fight revealed more about the constructed world or the back stories of the characters. This time, there is very little back story, and virtually nothing new revealed about the constructed world.
On the other hand, the female characters come into their own. The leader of the Palace Guard has an asexual name, and is referred to as "her" so we know she is female. But she is clearly the leader on merit. Wren's mother, Cass, also comes I to her own, now that Three is no longer around to cast. A shadow over her.
The main characters continue to develop, though in another book two convention, the main character fails to realize the full potential that has been foreshadowed along the way.
The politics of Morningside are relatively simplistic so this is no Dune, but I could see this as being an editorial decision to focus on plot elements more germane to book three. All in all, this was an enjoyable book and I look forward to the third
At some point the story was changed giving away a plot point before it actually occurred. Lucks murder. Cass doesn't find out he is even dead for another 50 pages almost. Huge error or typo but it confused me because I knew I hadn't read anything about him being dead. Or maybe Cass is prophetic and I haven't gotten to that part yet.
Book one opened a door to the world of Three and Wren and Cass....Book two is a complete walk through that door...it expands on the foundation set in book one and at the same time adds more elements to capture the attention completely.
We lost Three in the first book and I had doubts about a successful delivery of action without him...Jay used Wren and Cass to bury those doubts and stomp on the grave at only one quarter of the way through this book. This is a must read. The ending is phenomenal...a complete conclusion, yet with a hint of what is to come.
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