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Thrall (Daniel Black Book 4) Kindle Edition
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- Publication date : December 1, 2018
- Print length : 337 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- File size : 678 KB
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07JMNZ3TN
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #65,664 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I’ve awaited “Thrall” in both states, alternating irregularly between them.
“Thrall” is a larger tale than its predecessors. While protagonist and first-person narrator Daniel Black is still at the center, the surrounding cast is largely new. A character with a modest presence in “Extermination” rises to great prominence. Other characters from previous volumes participate, but in ways I could not have anticipated. New settings are visited; new forces are unleashed; new alliances are forged, and a couple of older ones are tested near to the point of dissolution.
There’s no denying the grandeur of E. William Brown’s vision. The greatest clash of arms ever imagined is about to erupt. Devices designed to imprison gods threaten the balance. Monsters abound, including some who wear human guises. Among the players circulate assassins armed with the cunning of millennia. A lone human wizard often seems too small to stand against the forces that swirl around him. But not everyone enmeshed in this test of fate is exactly what he seems...and that includes Daniel Black.
It works. Despite a couple of plot lacunae and one or two developments that deserved explanations they didn’t get, it works beautifully. It’s a thrill ride to challenge the visions of all the fantasists of history. And now I must wait for volume five. Damn and blast!
Cons: While I enjoyed some of the new settings and characters, the plot lines and characters from previous books are quickly set aside in this installment. It isn't long before Daniel leaves Kozalin behind, with the author being in favor of new horizons. For the most part this works, and the story it tells is interesting enough to keep my attention and interest. At the same time it is a little disappointing to see hints of how Daniel might have expanded his forces, and the new wonders he may have introduced. To be fair there are one or two things that are made at the beginning of the book, but the process that it takes is not as in depth as it has been in the past. It isn't "This is how Daniel figured it out and how he made it" but rather "Daniel did this". It could be my personal preference, but I liked to read how he solved and built things.
Overall this is still very much worth a read, but be prepared to take a new adventure in a new place with new people. If you are hoping of more of a continuation of past characters and plots it looks like you will have to wait until the next book.
The first few chapters were a bit slow, and the story took a bit of time to get up to speed. Without giving away too many spoilers when things do pick up, it comes out of left field.
While it is a good read, and at this point anyone still reading is to far invested not to keep going, it needs that momentum from the last book to get over that first hill.
But once it does, hold on.
Looking forwards to book 5 already.
I also think that Mara is... I don't know if overused or badly used. While I can understand other Asgardians not figuring her out (barely!), the idea that Heimdall would not immediately spot her runs against every bit of mythology I managed to pick from reading fantasy. I would understand if Heimdall would have been too busy monitoring Loki's attack to watch closer to home, but in the book the diversion goes the other way: Mara attacks first, and that serves as a distraction for Loki's forces.
Finally, Alanna appears to be a bit of a deus-ex-machina. I don't want to spoil it too much, but she got catapulted from "sidekick #5" to "whoa!".
All in all, I love this universe (I re-read the other books several times!) so I hope that the next book will get back to "Daniel invents more amazing things and becomes even more OP". I want my hero to beat the tar out of his enemies, sue me! :)
Top reviews from other countries
Full of action and clever twists I have really enjoyed the whole series.
You should be aware there is some adult content in the whole series but it seems to be part of the story rather than just to titilate.
To be honest you need to read the series in order, it's not a stand alone book.
Daniel Black, superbly written books with good depth to lots of characters. Excellent mix of 21st century knowledge base, use of fantasy game lore and a medieval world full of gods and magic, ohh, and some polyamorous behaviour thrown in for good measure. Darn hard to top that.
P.S. His other series Alice Long of which we are eagerly waiting book two, is a totally different genre but easily as good. Book two soon please.
Only quibble I have is that some of the characters seem (Cerise especialy), seem to use and understand modern slang quiet readily.
I was disappointed when it ended. Please don't keep us waiting as long for the next book.
A strongly recommended read.