Top positive review
Reviewed in the United States on February 28, 2021
Okay, so I kind of gave a poor review of the last book due to pacing and flat characterization (deserved, but I felt bad about it since I've enjoyed his series overall except for the last book), but this one is much improved.
The author has done a MUCH better job at pacing in this book. There are no jarring jumps of time, he doesn't rush through sections to get to 'cooler' sections...overall the book flows MUCH better. Even better, we get to see a little character growth of the side cast, and they are no longer just dumped randomly into scenes as filler. Finally, while the end was a bit abrupt (it just kind of stopped), it at least did it at a natural stopping point rather than an attempted cliffhanger.
My only (very slightly) negative comments for criticism revolve around the abrupt stop at the end (there are more graceful ways to 'fade to black' at the end of a story), the fact that Jamila was a bit uncharacterized in this book compared to the rest of the cast (minor point since there were more characters added that needed more screen time), and finally, I think Narwan's 'mad scientist' is being overplayed a bit--I'd really like to see some more flashes of the real driven powerhouse we pretty much all expect him to be. He just needs to be toned down a little.
Thank you for a much better book, Chris! Really enjoyed getting back to the series!
Bottom line, if you enjoyed books 1 and 2, I think you'll really enjoy book 4!