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Brian Harmon is an author of horror, suspense and dark adventure. He grew up in rural Missouri and currently lives in Southern Wisconsin with his wife, Guinevere, and their two children.
on Nov. 17, 2011 :
As a stand-alone novel, this would have been so-so. It had a much slower pace than the previous book in the series, with less mystery and adventure. I decided while reading this book that to do it justice with a review, I needed to complete all the existing books in the series, and I'm glad that I did. By itself, I probably would have given it a 3 star rating. However, when taken in context of the series as a whole, it was a necessary story to tell to bring together elements of the greater story.
The writing itself was just as good as the previous novel, but the slower pace for the majority of the book (with what appeared at the time to be irrelevant back-story of some of the characters) made it somewhat less appealing...for a while at least. The last third of the novel, however, was a whole different story. It was fast paced, action-driven, and a horror fan's delight. I recommend sticking with this book through the slower start. the back-story, when taken in the context of the whole series, is anything but irrelevant, and the payoff of the last third of the book is well-worth the wait.
My rating is an average of the rating I would have given it as a stand alone book (3 stars) and the rating it deserves as a crucial piece of the greater story (5 stars).
I recommend it highly, but only to those who have read the first book, and intend to continue the series and read them all.
(reviewed long after purchase)