Top critical review
Great story and world, verbosely told.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on November 6, 2022
I loved the actual story of Book 1, Children of Time. It was a little wordy in places, but a well delineated world for all characters. This second in the series has a good story line, however there’s way too much time spent on the inner dialogue of various characters which takes away from, and to some extent confuses, the actual plot. So the effect for this reader while moving through the book, was a see saw reaction of, A.‘cool- such interesting events transpiring’ to be followed in another chapter with B. ‘ugh-do we really need every line of the internal haranguing the characters torment themselves with, to be in the text of this book? Can we just get on with the story, please?’ With a preponderance of the B reaction over the fewer A ones, I was frustrated more than pleased. And additionally, I felt robbed at the end because of a swift telescoping to the ultimate outcome, ignoring what should’ve been a few more plot steps to get there. The ensuing literary whiplash didn’t kill me, but certainly did disappoint.