by Killion Slade
As with the first book KS has left a multitude of links to outside sources, like little Easter eggs in games and DVDs, these are great fun.
The information at the end of the book regards to clarity of the words used from varying languages was amazing; loved the references and links to music and films.
The character bios at the start of the book was an inspired thought, as acts like a mini catch up after the long (well it seemed AGES) wait since the first book.
That said, KS did perfect little character catch ups which were entrenched in conversations or scene setting, as for the attention to detail in scene set up, this was amazing.
As before the movie references were excellent and had me longing for a film fest.
I thought the main characters in the book really grew in this second book in the series, Cheyenne really seemed to grow in particular with her thoughts and emotions being expertly portrayed by KS. The other characters also came into their own more with alternating views told in differing chapters.
The sense of reality that KS gives this fantasy book, with its multiple and tangible references to life, really allowed me to believe in the world she creates.
Although I’m not sure that saying machoman Torchy the fearsome Dragon is “in drag” when he morphs shape was a good play but it did make me laugh.
The book starts as the gang prepare for a mission to the vampire cannibal island, to rescue Dakota, the cliff hanger from the first book. This story line is not as cheesy as it sounds, the gang meet with some fierce resistance and an epic fight scene occurs.
With mortal wounds (c’mon I can’t give it away) the gang are saved by Merpeople and left to lick their many wounds in a hospital where all sorts of revelations and meetings occur. Ooh oooh ooooooh!
With perfect UNtiming Sheridan starts her labour of her cross breed twins; KS is really learning how to pulls on the heart strings with her narrative. For a fantasy book this has huge depths of emotion and KS describes profound grief in a way that had me in tears at fictional lives lost in this book and my own life.
A family gathering moves the story forward as “someone” starts all-out war on the human race and the gang must push through their anger and grief to mobilise ExsanguiNation and route out some answers.
Left on a knife edge (again!) I can’t wait for book 3.
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