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- Print Length: 257 pages
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- Publisher: Hidden Gnome Publishing (September 30, 2017)
- Publication Date: September 30, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0762YQ2H8
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Skysworn (Cradle Book 4) Kindle Edition
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I feel like this is easily the worst of the Cradle series. The literary equivalent of a filler episode of your favorite show. That's not to say it was bad (remember I'm scrutinizing Will on a higher scale here due to the quality of his writing), but it just didn't do much for me, specifically in terms of advancing the story, revealing much relevant new information, or character growth. The pacing of the novel was also a bit strange, we skipped over the training and personal growth between in the end of Blackflame to bring you a few days in the life of our characters. It's possible there's more here than I realize as the story unfolds in his later works, so I'll move 'pacing' to the lower part of my critiques. The two more significant issues I had with the book is a lack of character growth and a lack of much advancement or relevant new information in the Cradle universe itself.
Perhaps with the short interval of time this book covers Will didn't feel like there was much room for character growth. Yerin's breakthrough seemed almost an afterthought and somewhat anti-climatic considering the attention paid to this particular object in the previous books. In that case the book was just a setup for the 'big reveal' at the end, which again, didn't seem all that big. Certainly it has an impact on the universe and gives the potential for many more books to come in this series or future series set in the same universe, still, I think most of the information given to us in this reveal was pretty obvious stuff if you'd paid much attention to the previous books. These books are already pretty short as far as novels go, which is fine considering how fast and with the great quality that Will is able to publish them with, I just feel like this book would've been better as an in-between major installment short story. All the relevant information probably could've been passed in 1/3 of the book length. It also shows a pretty good departure from previous installments where the major characters where able to show growth and maturation while staying true to their personalities.
I also don't think we needed more reminders that our main heroes, even Eithan, are insignificant specs as of yet in the Cradle universe. We get that they have to overcome impossible odds to reach an impossible level in an impossibly short amount of time. At least up until know they've still managed to find a way to contribute to their little part of reality. I feel like this book there wasn't much reason for them to be involved in events at all other than to act as POV witnesses to what took place. The most significant service rendered by the main characters was Eithan being a messenger boy, which prevented the appearance of the elder Akura at the end from being a complete Deus Ex Machina resolution, which frankly is getting a bit old as a plot device in Fantasy series. Like Death Stars or Death Star-esque planets showing up in Star Wars movies. Too add to this we learn that our heroes have even less time to carry out their impossible tasks than we previously thought, so it makes the strange pacing of this novel seem like even more of a waste.
I know it sounds like with all of that I didn't like the book and wouldn't recommend it, but as I said, I'm putting this one (perhaps unfairly) under a magnifying glass because of the quality of Will's previous works. It's still an interesting story that never at any point is boring. The characters are still great, the world building well done, and there are some revelations and new information given. All in all I would recommend and I still absolutely love this series and am totally invested in it's characters.
A lot of incidents occur in this book and they seemed rushed. Lindon's development seems halted (even though his growth will be picked up in the following books) while Yerin continues to be awesome as usual (but isn't fleshed out as well int his book as with the previous books). I think Will Wight could have gotten away with another 50 or so pages to tell the same story but giving it a little more time to develop while allowing himself more space/time to flesh everything out.
All in all, I'd say this was the weakest book in the series so far but that won't stop me from buying the next as soon as it's out. I appreciate what the author is doing. It's not easy being a fan and waiting years for the followup book in a series and the author understands this based on the fact that Will has managed about 2 or so books in this series every year. I appreciate that and look forward to continuing this journey with Lindon and the rest of the team. I hope the coming books as just as good if not better than the first 3. I re-read those recently and am still amazed by them (the second book in the series is probably my favorite).
Thank you Will for bringing us along on this journey :-D
I don't feel that Lindon is growing as a sacred artist at all. Last book he gained the ability to draw in super energy and use it in 2 ways and is learning a 3rd. This one he gained a mount.
Hearing about everyone being constantly angry and paranoid about Eithan, perfectly reasonable, but I was worn out on hearing about it all the time. Also stop upping the threat constantly, it diminishes in return.
My biggest complaint, too dang short. This whole series has short books but this one felt like a thick pamphlet to me. There wasn't enough world or character development in comparison to the last few books. The events were effectively gods doing god things which since my investment is in Lindon, a normalish guy, seeing gods duke it out was less interesting.
This is all complaing but I did enjoy the book I just wish there was more here.