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If you are reading this, the you probably read the last two books, and if you didn’t enjoy the monumental cliffhanger book two ended on, then I don’t recommend you read this one either. Again we end on a cliffhanger and again the character ends up in a bad situation, because he gets a bad case of plot convenient stupidity. And I don’t mean a slight case of stupid either, I mean: “why in the ever-loving universe would you ever do that”. Then again you might enjoy a cliffhanger or chose to overlook it because you enjoy the universe or the character. In that case, this book will also disappoint you.
I liked the character in the last book, until the end of the book he was fun, smart and had some agency. In short he got things done and the writing was funny.
In this book, that is gone. Nothing major happens in this book and all that agency he had before is now gone. The character just reacts to things. Every time, EVERY SINGLE TIME, he starts to think about doing something proactive he thinks better of it or gets distracted. He acts less smart as well, and no “mister author” you don’t get to hang a lampshade om that and then leave it be. Arbitrarily making your character stupid does not make for an enjoyable read, if that was what made him fun in the first place.
Now it isn’t all bad, the writing is still funny in places, and the protagonist gets to be badass a few times, which is why it gets two stars. But, by the end of the book, nothing had been resolved and I could see the writer winding up to another cliffhanger. By the last 50 pages or so I was just waiting for it, and it was just as bad as the last book. It seems to be a theme with this writer. A cliffhanger can be fun, it can be surprising and it can leave you anticipating the next book with baited breath. Garon Whited doesn’t do cliffhangers well, it isn’t surprising, it isn’t fun and I don’t expect the protagonist to get out of it in a clever way, since the Deus ex machina is literally hinted at by the end. In short, spare yourself the aggravation and skip it.
An example of why this book annoys me: At one point near the end the character get captured, and is left alone for hours on end. Now you would think he would be planning his escape, right? Nope, he spends the time perfecting a spell meant to make his horse faster and making curry taste less strong. This is not because he is confident of his escape, no he just thinks it’s a better use of his time. And this gets repeated over and over in the book, every time you would think the main character would maybe focus on something, he gets distracted and goes off on a tangent, even when it makes no damn sense.
I do apologize for the spelling. English is not my first language. Thank you for your time and I hope this review was helpful.
Slipping between a high-tech alternative reality and a sword-socery high magic reality, we get self-driving cars and magical living mountains, and, of course, our sarcastic and humorous, but increasingly tragic, vampire. This book was just as much fun as the last, but the ending sure left me hoping this poor guy isn't going to be spat out another hundred years in the future with everyone he knows dead or aged, as before. If he is.. well, I'll still keep reading.
I love these books, and I love Eric.