The Cross and the Black-Episode II

Book two of the Cross and the Black Series. Look at my profile for Book one.

What do you do when your tutor is a lecherous lazy buffoon? Why, you pack and go someplace else for good. But for Claude Severin, leaving is a tad difficult, because his tutor might be a wanted murderer... More

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Also known as Wando Wande, Wandu Wande, Wanda Wande. Luwo Wande, Luwe Wande... you get the idea. I fought barehanded against lions once in Serengeti Plains...

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Alex Stargazer reviewed on Nov. 2, 2013
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**A solidly well-written book, but the problems remain and I actually felt a little disappointed compared to the prequel.**

Let’s start with the good bits: this book doesn’t dawdle with unnecessary plot twists or characters, and it’s writing—as I have already mentioned—is fantastic. The language is advanced and very well suited to the time period; the structure is strong; the descriptions, the imagery, and everything else is what you’d expect a classic to have.

Now to the bad bits.

This book isn’t mainstream. No, seriously, it isn’t. The main character is deeply human—ignorant but street-wise, lustful but kind—and yet he is not someone you can easily connect to. The antagonists are a little too grey. There is no definitive goal, no obvious threat.

I once read a book by Stephen King called the *Dark Tower*. The writing was even better than this, and the characters also highly developed. Yet I never really enjoyed it because there wasn’t enough inside it to connect.

This book suffers from the same problem, only worse.

In the previous series, I wanted to know what would happen to Claude. This book reveals Guy is a vampire, but that’s hardly a surprise. It also feels quite pointless. I look at the beginning; I look at the end. Not much seems to change.

So I’m sorry, but while this is a very good book—and I would recommend it if you’re studying Creative Writing or Publishing, or even if you just want a break from all the look-alike vampire fiction—it’s no bestseller.

**Final Rating: 4/5.**
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
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