I'm on my iTouch so this will be short. While the ending had a good solid feel to it, I did get the impression that much of the body of the story was too far into the battles. Much more than any of the pevious books in this series. It felt like filler because David needed to fill a word requirement. Due to this the storyline could have been considerably cut ny perhaps half. Ouch thats a lot of filler, but as filler goes it was top notch.
The character development finalizes in this ending story, which is David's sting suit. The complexity of each character ran me through every emotion amanagible. I salute you David, I have not been so entranced in a series since I read the Foundation series. Well done!
First the book was a great distraction and I kept on finding myself saying, do I have 5 minutes to get in a few pages. I know I like a book when I think about it all day.
The character development is great, but I feel there is something missing from the believability standpoint of the two main human characters. I am just not sold that Tim was a hardened criminal. His transformation after being cleansed by Kuthanaga (super alien) is simply not believable. Not to say I can't wrap my head around an alien fiddling around with a human's makeup, just that Tim's new life is not based on enough practical psychology.
There are parts in the storyline that seem to jump too far, and make too many assumptions on the readers' knowledge, while so many other steps seem like the author is agonizingly keeping the pace down to a minimum to ensure the reader understands the plot. Almost like two authors were writing this book.
In short this is worth reading even for a second time, and I hope to see more from Mr. Ricks.
Worthy of a great writer, but slightly forced storyline compared to the prior seven books
Don't get me wrong, Paul Kater has won me over as a dedicated reader, it is just that this book was not perfection. How Hilda found herself in her former school, with her bestest friend Babs, raised too many questions. Compared to prior books in the series there were a striking number of never presented personal history concepts that filled in for explanations as to justify the storyline. To me I interpreted this as a grasping to justify a storyline that was far to thin, to use the prior history of the series.
I want more short stories like this, perhaps a bit longer, but being able to successfully pull off believable characters within such a short read is a sign of an accomplished writer.
I know I like a book when immediately after finishing it I want to know what is the next book. I have read both Paul's steam-punk and fantasy books and he has the flexibility for multiple genre. He has won me over as a lifetime reader.