Alien Winter is an enjoyable read; however, I didn’t find it to be as good as its predecessor. It suffers from a common problem of a second story in a series, it is trying to bridge the introduction of the characters and main conflicts in the first story to the next major conflict in the third story by giving the reader some character information and small details that may be used later on. I’ve seen it happen numerous times.
The main conflict was too similar to the one in Night of the Aurora for my taste. I wasn’t at all surprised by the source or resolution.
Part of the secondary conflict didn’t get quite the attention I would have like to have seen. There were several hints at some things not being what they appear to be, which intrigues me, but they are just that – hints. With the teaser saying that “native legends come alive”, I was hoping to see a bit more. (Okay, I have a personal interest in seeing this one followed up on, Native Lore fascinates me.)
The new character, Amber, feels .. tacked on, not as well fleshed out as the others. I know she is there to add to the second conflict, but I found her distracting at this point. Also, There is a reference to a joke or something done to her that is never followed up on.
Was there anything I did like? Yes. The main characters continue to develop nicely. I loved seeing the human’s reaction to being the subjects instead of the observers. Watching all of the characters go through the steps of this intricate dance of what to say and how much to say is fun. The descriptions of the scenes are great and show the author’s familiarity with the area. And the hints given of things not seen have done exactly what they were meant to do, get me interested in reading book #3.
Overall, not the strongest work I have seen J.A. Marlow do, but still worth reading. ((See what happens when you set the bar so high?))
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)