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- Publisher: inklingwell Press (September 30, 2017)
- Publication Date: September 30, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B075WPCGZS
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The Watchers Boxed Set: If There Be Giants and Second Son Kindle Edition
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<b>If There Be Giants</b>
Mallory Jacks and her best friend, Paisley Bourne, shared a passion for archaeology as children. Years later, Drs. Jacks and Bourne, once again working together, are summoned to a farm where the farmer has uncovered a possible henge site. As they begin to unearth the stones, they make a discovery that has the potential to overturn both the scientific and the religious communities.
If There Be Giants is a story of archaeology and myths, giants and visions, set in Cornwall, the seat of all British legend. Ellison Blackburn has created a story richly woven with archaeological detail and Christian mythology, and peopled it with her strongly-characterised protagonists. This is one of the author’s strongest books to date, a fascinating debut to the new Watchers series.
Second Son is the second in the Watchers series, following Grey’s point of view more closely as he learns the truth of his infamous heritage – and how to reconcile his existence and that of his family with their beliefs.
Author Ellison Blackburn’s trademark ability to weave thought-provoking concepts into stories that are gripping, well-developed reads is back on display in this series, as she explores love, fidelity, and faith through the lens of Grey and Mallory’s lives. The handling of the Christian mythology displays the depth of research that went into the story and provides a strong framework that underlies the choices the protagonists must make in this book.
I received a copy of this set at no cost to me. Opinions are my own.
If There Be Giants:
This book sets up the series quite well. The anthropology/ archaeology theme is fascinating to this reader and the author Ellison Blackburn even manages to include a faint hint of the religious aspects without drowning us with it.
I wish I had read this book before reading the second as it would have gone a long way to setting the scene and the characters.
The characters were well developed, but they seemed to accept some of the fantastical/religious connotations of the story too quickly. Although I am a Christian and those stories don’t surprise me, some of the characters displayed their disinterest in religion and they too quickly accepted that aspect of the story.
Now having read the first book my opinion has changed slightly. I now know the characters and the setting and the importance of the plot better.
An interesting story with an exciting premise. While I enjoyed the characters and the story, I felt that it could have used a little more action. I felt as if I was being told the story instead of being pulled in and becoming part of the story. Although good it could have been better with a little more action.
Though both books were good reads this reader feels as if at times the story got bogged down with telling instead of showing and pulling me into the story through action and dialogue.
As I said about Mallory in my review of the first book, "If There Be Giants": "A complex and compelling character, Mallory wrestles with the scientific and moral dilemma placed before her, as well as her personal tragedies, which, it turns out, are also linked to the project. A strong female lead who doesn't play into the stereotypes of strong female leads, Mallory is a welcome addition to the specfic genre. I definitely recommend this book for readers looking for smart, female-oriented speculative fiction." This is not so much sci-fi as we normally know it, as near-future speculative fiction aimed at the intelligent, thoughtful reader.
This continues in the second book, "Second Son," in which the story continues but the focus switches to the point of view of Grey, Mallory's lover. However, to quote myself again, "the focus of the book is less on the romance--although that is present--and more on the intellectual, psychological, and theological issues the characters are wrestling with."
The two books really form one continuous story, so reading them together as they're presented here will make more sense than reading them separately. An interesting series for the thoughtful reader!
My thanks to the author for providing me with review copies of the books. All opinions are my own
I received an ARC copy of this boxed set and I am leaving this review. I recommend this boxed set to others.