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Morningside Fall: Legends of the Duskwalker Paperback – April 29, 2014

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Book 2 of 3 in the Duskwalker Cycle Series

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Praise for Jay Posey:

"Stark and powerful, THREE is a stunning debut. Reinventing the post-apocalyptic western as a journey across interior badlands as dangerous as the cyborg-haunted terrain his hero must cross, Posey has crafted a story that is impossible to put down." 
- Richard E. Dansky, author of Snowbird Gothic

"Three feels like the result of tossing Mad Max, Neuromancer and Metal Gear Solid into a blender. If you don't find that combination appealing, then I do not understand you as a human being."
-Anthony Burch, writer for Borderlands 2 and Hey Ash Watcha Playin

"Jay Posey creates a vivid and mesmerizing world whose characters are so real and so flawed that you'll recognize them immediately.  An unforgettable read." 
-Peter Telep, co-author of the #1 NY Times Bestseller Against All Enemies 

"A post-apocalyptic road yarn sure to yank your trigger and tug at your heart." 
- Matt Forbeck, author of Amortals and Dangerous Games

"... there’s no doubt that Posey is someone to definitely watch as a rising star with this debut."
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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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Product Details

  • Series: Legends of the Duskwalker (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Angry Robot; First Edition edition (April 29, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857663658
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857663658
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.4 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With Morningside Fall, Jay Posey's Legends of the Dustwalker saga is beginning to remind me of Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn Saga. Both series started off strong, with first novels that really impressed me with their imagination and their storytelling, and which guaranteed I would keep on reading. Unfortunately [minor spolier here], the second volume in both series suffers from the absence of the protagonist who made the first book so compelling.

That absence made this a frustrating reading experience for me. The world building was taken to the next level, the threat of the Weir was far better explored, and we finally get something of a primary antagonist in the final portions of the book. In addition, the writing was just as solid as it was in the first book, contributing to an enhancement of the overall atmosphere. There really was a lot to enjoy and appreciate here, but Wren is no Three, and that's a very big 'but' indeed.

I didn't like Wren much in the first book, and I didn't come to like him any better here. He's too innocent, too precocious, and too vulnerable. I wasn't necessarily looking for him to stand up and become a hero, but I was hoping he would serve some purpose other than to be the typical kid who needs to be rescued. He just rubs me the wrong way, leaving me exasperated and anxious to move on to the next scene that doesn't center on him. As for his mother, I really liked the darkness and the edge of Cass in the first book, but at lot of that seems blunted here. Sadly, it seems as if she's just not as interesting without Three there to challenge her on a personal and intellectual level.

It's not a bad read, and the last 100 or so pages are worth sticking it out for, but it was a long, slow, difficult read getting to that point.
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The Short Review

I really liked this book. It has a lot to offer, and I think it’ll appeal to a very wide audience. It has the action and adventure I associate with a good western-themed novel, and it also has some really interesting science fiction and fantasy elements. I found the front end of the book to be a little slow, but once it takes off, it’s a real nail-biter.

This is a 4 to a 4-1/2* novel, in my opinion. Almost ranked up there among my favorites, but not quite.

The Long Review

Before I begin the actual review, I want to make a note for potential readers: Read book one, Three, first. If you’ve already read Three, you might want to consider re-reading it before diving into Morningside Fall. I know some readers will happily dive into the middle of a series and figure things out as they go, but this novel has a good number of references to Three.

This isn’t a bad thing. Jay Posey doesn’t spend a great deal of time covering old ground. I like this about the novel, because I get frustrated when there is too much exposition regarding what happened in a previous novel. Some readers might find this disconcerting, however.

I’m going to start with the one thing I viewed as a flaw in this book before I wax eloquent about all of the things I really enjoyed about this novel.

I found the start of this novel a little slow for my liking. It took me a couple of chapters before I really got sucked into the story.

Part of this is my fault.

Wren is a young boy–younger than ten years old. He’s in the unfortunate position of being Governor of Morningside. This dichotomy of age, role, and maturity level threw me for a loop. Sometimes, Wren is exceedingly mature and wise for his age.
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Disappointment is an unwelcome but increasingly familiar guest. It’s shown up a lot in my life as a reader.

While the first few chapters were all right and some interesting elements were introduced, the story quickly began to feel padded. The very first time I recognized truly superfluous scene I felt my spirits sink.

Without getting too far into spoiler territory, the plot does not so much move the characters forward as tread water, then set them back to square one. Much like Danys’ story in Dance with Dragons, the characters start out in a strong position, with the chance to make something worthwhile out of the ruined world, only to see it all fall apart due to venial greed, and the tale ends with little to hope for in this world, or to fight to save, and the struggles and sacrifices of the first book come to nothing.

Other issues: the ‘awakened’ characters did not have the alien quality I would have expected, and the revelations were disappointing.

I still recommend the first book, and it can be read as a stand-alone, and I’ll be checking out the next volume, but this one is skip-able.
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If you liked Jay Posey's first book, Three, - and from the looking at the reviews, most of you did - you will like Morningside Fall. His writing style continues to intrigue and captivate, pulling you into the story and bringing the characters to life. The plot is unpredictable and Posey does a fantastic job of setting the tempo and pace of the story.

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!
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