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Whatever few "lighter" moments existed in the first book, the second installment is really as dark as it can get. The writer, Lincoln Farish, continuously builds on the action in battle and in preparation for those battles.
What I especially found intriguing was the complexity of the character of Brother Sebastian. He is not a killing machine robot. Still, he's an extremely effective and successful "soldier in battle." He is a human being who has feelings and emotions. 99% of these emotions are internalized as Brother Sebastian does not wear emotions on his sleeve. The reader is brought into his world. The words describing his feelings are almost fleeting but powerful enough to leave impressions of our hero. Obviously, the reader become Brother Sebastian's biggest cheering section.
There is the wickedly evil Thaddeus who in a number of respects reminds me of Lord Voldemort from the "Harry Potter" series. Thaddeus gains strength from the suffering and ultimate demise of his many loyal minions. Certainly, this is not a children's story but there is an ongoing fight between good and evil. The first book was rather dark but the second installment is darker still. Things are not always what they appear to be either, especially in battle. I enjoyed those twists in this book.
This series brings urban/horror fantasy to a whole new level. Reading before bedtime is at your own risk!
Lincoln Farish has a way of scaring me senseless and still not letting me walk away from the story. It is definitely NOT for the weak-minded, weak-souled, or even those with the weak stomach.
The bad guys' hatred of all, including each other jumped off the page and smacked me upside the head. I kept telling myself that it was time to go to bed, and yet I continued to read.
Sebastian is still the angry but innocent monk. Aching still from amusia and the loss of his wife and child, he hunts the bad guys with a desperate frenzy that could qualify as dedication or idiocy.
Can't wait for the next book!!!
Sebastian found a heroic status with the Hammers previously, and we find that not all share this respect for him. Sebastian's world changes again as a new mentor takes on his continued training. When he finds and takes on a witch by himself, the Hammers find it is only the tip of the iceberg. Something big is going down in the witch world. Necromancers seeks to return a dispatched Thaddeus, while James, an old disciple of Thaddeus, has his own plans.
I found in Junior Inquisitor that I connected with Sebastian immediately, his motivations and pain. At first in Soulless Monk, I found it a bit more difficult to connect with what was driving him emotionally. But Farish developed this character well and it soon clicked. With the rug pulled out from under him again, in a life so different than his last, he is seeking to prove himself, find his place. I love how Sebastian is so believably human, haunted by self doubt, a little dark voice he has fight and a need to be more than the Hammers he is with. Can he find the humor he misses, the music that was taken from him and the respect he's not sure he deserves?
If you are reading this book for action and monsters, magic, you won't be disappointed. Farish delivers again with the bad guys, the battles details and the world of magic they clash in. I really enjoy the details of prep and battle, the attention to detail left me feeling truly there.
Though this is a horror story, delivering on scary characters and events, my favorite thing about this book is Sebastian. He is a character that truly struggles on the inside and the reader gets to be witness to this. He has a temper that tends to get the better of him, anger and guilt at himself for past events, a longing for some normalcy and appreciation of small normal people moments. He's trying to make the best of a situation that came from being between a rock and a hard place. His mental conversations with himself are like the angel and devil on his shoulder.
I look forward to reading the third book in the series to see what happens next!
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I was fortunate to have been gifted a copy of Soulless Monk by the author himself right before the holidays, much to...Read more
Picking up with Brother Sebastian as he now has to deal with the aftermath of the first book, and introducing the view points of some...Read more