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A great second installment
Reviewed in the United States on December 30, 2013
While the second volume of Prophet does not quite live up to the promise of the first, it ties up some of the loose strings of the first installment, forming a central plot line. To me, what made the first volume so great was the focus on three different individual John Prophet story lines, providing the reader with only hints of backstory here and there. This gave the universe a sense of enormity that made the individual Prophets seem so insignificant and expendable, but that sense of enormity also lended the title a certain air of mystery and creepiness that made the book very compelling to me.
This second installment while keeping us up to date on the three John Prophets from the first book, starts to flesh out a central story line focused on the original John Prophet and his companions. For me this sort of ruins the sense of wonderment that I got from the first book. It takes it out of the realm of sci-fi mystery and into a more typical sci-fi adventure type of format.
On the other hand Graham and co. have not exhausted the seemingly endless heap of ideas they drew from in the first volume. I really got a kick out of all the creative fantasy sci-fi aliens, ships, cities, etc they cooked up and this volume has plenty more where that came from. Learning more about the universe and its inhabitants is a continual joy in this series.
Overall, a great read and I'm excited to conintue reading future installments. However the briliance from the first book has faded slightly into something more familiar.