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- Publication Date: May 31, 2018
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B07DFWRQFL
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The book is good. If you liked the first 4, this one is even better.
The Long *Relatively* Spoiler Free Review:
Years have passed since Halar the Undying, First of His Name, gave up the Demon King-ing business and left Karvalen to mourn the loss of Bronze. The story picks up in a new place, with some new characters, and the same old Halar...except he's feeling a little depressed.
This slow start does not last long. Our hero quickly finds that the world is not so eager to leave him alone to mope. After that point, the story is all action, all the time.
This is the FUN part of the book. Mr. Whited has created an incredibly deep and consistent character with Eric/Halar. This is important, because the story is still told entirely from his first person point of view. Instead of feeling trapped with just one character, I feel like I'm catching up with my favorite interesting friend. (Who just so happens to be a trans-dimensional vampire/wizard/king/god/robot-overlord.) Halar would probably say he has too many hats to wear...I'm just sad that I didn't get to see him put back on his "Demon-King" hat before the book ended.
(You will understand this cliff I am hanging on when you finish the book.)
But, don't let me lead you into thinking that Halar is any less fearsome than he was in the past. I think the part of Mr. Whited's series that I enjoy the most (apart from the humor) is his full throated embrace of an "anti-hero" character who is both sympathetic, non-whiny, and not completely oblivious to how pants-ruiningly scary he is.
Furthermore, Halar turns the traditional idea of a protagonist on its head. Instead of riding around in the head of:
1. The naive young adventurer summoned to greatness
2. The precocious boy-wizard
3. The heroine who must tame the Beast
Instead of all of that nonsense, we get to be in the POV of the guy who actually knows what is going on most of the time.
To put it in RPG terms: Halar would be the mysterious and all knowing quest-giver, and the other characters are the hapless player-characters.
To put it in the simplest terms: Imagine if Harry Potter was written from Dumbledore's perspective. Or if Game of Thrones was written from the Night King's perspective.
Those familiar with the genre will know how subversive this is to the typical flow of a novel. I think this dynamic gives these books a very unique story line structure.
(There is a scene where Lisette asks Halar where he goes when he is not in Karvalen, and if he could show her those wonders someday. That scene drives this dynamic home for me.)
Now, if you read all through the first 4 books, you know that a lot of story lines got neatly tied off before this book began. However, as I mentioned above, this book get rolling quickly, and suddenly, there are about 5 sub-plots moving around like self tangling yarn. This is what makes the book feel frantic, especially in the middle.
There were times when I almost...almost...had to throw up my hands and start making a chart of all the different fires Halar was constantly rushing to put out across Worlds. I think I started to feel as exhausted as Halar at the thickest moments. However, luckily, just when I thought I could not take another story line, Mr. Whited would take mercy on me, and he would wrap up a problem with cinematic aplomb.
That is the final thing I feel like I should mention. This book feels like it should be 4 different books. It feels like each sub-plot could have been a full novel in the hands of a less skilled writer. Instead, it feels like REAL progress is being made during this book. For the uninitiated, this will feel like a strange reading experience. Most books offer an incremental creep toward one plot climax. Typically, this makes a story line's structure look like a mountain. This book is like a mountain range...or at the very least one very fat jagged mountain.
So, there you go. The three Fs of why I like this book (and the series as a whole). So buy it already. If you've read the first four you should already be moving right along. Nothing to see here.
Come back when you're done and commiserate with me about the cliffhanger. We can also talk about how to squeeze another 5 nightlord books out of Mr. Whited.
My only negative complaint about the book is the storyline involving Lisette and why Eric stays away from all his kids. He admits to being cowardly???? It’s a bad excuse during that conversation between him and Mary. Really it feels like the author didn’t want to drag Eric through his narrative with kids so he doesn’t and that’s just sad. It’s not how I would have the character behave and in my opinion clashes with the fact that Eric defines himself so much through chivalry and kindness and aspiring to be like the Arthurian legends.
Maybe when Tort returns things will be different.
For now Mary is wonderful, the computer amazing. The best new character was Trixie.
If the author will permit Eric to get over his bring crippled by fear - a scene where I really wanted Yoda to show up and slap Eric - then the stories going forward would be even better! The part where Eric was all “even if I helped them have 1,000 years of golden age civilization it would still eventually fall and become a dark age, so I’m not going to do it” made me want to pull my hair out. Okay, even if the civilization did fall after 1,000 years of peace and happiness that’s STILL 1,000 years of millions of people!!!! That still means a ton of happiness!!! You need to focus on all the good you are doing in the here and now and near future. Don’t worry about the “what if’s”. Seriously, stop that!!!!
And yes that’s just one scene in a very long book, which again overall I very much enjoyed.
At times all the scientific explanation stuff to the magic and the research Eric is conduction can be too much for me, but it’s always fun to follow his train of thoughts. I’m really looking forward to the audiobook so I can hear how all the funny names are pronounced.
Bottom line if you like the Nightlord series and enjoy time travel via a multiverse tool then you’ll love this book. And hopefully we get book 6 in a year and find out if Eric builds his space ship or what the Moon people are up to, and what happened to the dragon hunters, and see him work things out with Lisette so he can be a father to Liam and Hydyal and the other kids.
I like that he promised to take Lisette to his home one day, he better do that and use his magic and technology to give her back her youth so they can have time together. She loves you, Eric!!!!
Also we need to see how the crusade plays out and find out what the gift from the Elf King was at the school. So much to know!!!!!
Anyway, thank you so much for writing this series and please keep writing them. I shall be on the edge of my seat until the next book is published, hopefully next year.
P.S I'll be very disappointed if he doesn't do it. If he's going to be a monster, he needs to be a monster at least once.
Other than a hand full of grammar and spelling errors this book was everything I have come to expect from the Nightlord series. I cannot wait until book 6 comes out.