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Too Slow For The First Two-Thirds
Reviewed in the United States on November 10, 2020
I love the Arkham Horror boardgame and the Cthulhu mythos created by HP Lovecraft, so I was very excited to read this next group of books. However, the first two thirds of Wrath of N'kai felt too slow, with virtually nothing involving the supernatural or any mythos. Where was the atmosphere? Where was the impending dread? Nearly 200 pages was nothing but a mystery about who stole a mummy, with the protagonist moving from one location to another, interviewing countless uninteresting characters about their connection to the theft.
To be fair, the action kicks in near the end, but it was too little, too late. This book almost seemed as if it was written as a standard mystery that author Josh Reynolds made adjustments to in order for it to fit into the Arkham Horror landscape. The writing itself was smooth and Reynolds is clearly a solid writer, but he needed a better editor and a premise that fit better into Lovecraft's playground. While it was not a bad read, it is not something I would recommend.