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For someone who has a great marriage, adult children, a new grandchild, and a stable day job, Gregg Schwartzkopf spends a fair amount of time in realms of fantasy. He's been an amateur magician, role play gamer and, yes, a Mets fan (YOU GOTTA BELIEVE). Recently (that is, within the last decade) he decided to try his hand at creating stories in imaginary worlds that other people might like to share.
To find out more about him and his writing life, check out his site at www.gs1word.com
on Aug. 07, 2015 :
It's impossible to review book 2 without comparing it to book 1, so that's where I'll begin. Book 1 was a bit more on the entertaining side, with loads of humor as Cass adjusts to his life in the mortal realm. Book 2 is more complex, and has less humor, focusing instead on a more serious plot.
There are still enough humorous elements to put a smile on any reader's face. The idea of being turned into a bunny by an evil sorcerer is a bit ridiculous, but if you enjoyed book 1 enough to read book 2, that means you have a good sense of humor. I found the rabbit moments quite amusing, and the possibility of a mind descending into pure bunny mode was certainly laugh worthy. Also, a severe rabbit bite and a suspicion of Canadian Magic added to the overall humor of the story.
The majority of the book focuses on a more serious level, though. I felt like I got to know the Interloper much better in this book, and I see why he works so hard at his job. The broader picture and what's at stake come across more clearly, and though the book moves at a very fast pace, there is quite a complex scenario taking place. It could have been longer, and fledging out the action scenes a bit more would have been nice. But I didn't lose my way, and the narrative isn't bogged down, so I was never disappointed.
This installment gives a more in-depth look at the Realm of Fae and its history. I also got a better look at the different groups of people trying to protect both realms. This is definitely a case of not judging a book by its cover. Usually two cartoonish rabbits means a lighthearted, perhaps childish story. That's not what you get with this book. This is high fantasy worthy world-building, told without the boring info dumps or slow spots. There's a lot of story crammed into these pages.
I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed 15 days after purchase)