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Francis W. Porretto
on Feb. 29, 2012 :
The saga continues....
There are fewer technical errors in this segment, but you have a swelling implausibility problem. The notion that Lucifer – who’s not supposed to go by that name any more, you know! – can operate freely on Earth, directly affecting living humans, takes you way, way outside Christian tradition. The Covenant, of which the rainbow is a symbol, forbids direct interference with human lives by either of the “superpowers,” until the Last Trumpet. God Himself decreed that after the Deluge; if we take the Old Testament as historically accurate (which I’m not sure I do), the Job episode was a singular exception to His rule. That Satan should be capable of kidnapping human beings and dragging them to some unknown site of durance vile simply isn’t consistent with those postulates.
However, the way you developed events in Jacob’s and Malini’s lives, and the drama of your conclusion, just about make up for the believability problem. I was also impressed by the parallel you established between the tension in the Jacob / Malini romance and the strain put on the Abigail / Gideon relationship by Abigail’s unwise conjuration of the list of Soulkeepers.
I expected John and Carolyn to play more of a role in this story, and was somewhat surprised at how marginal their contributions were. But your use of Katrina, though it, too, has plausibility problems, and the introduction of the Eden School of Soulkeepers and its place in the Laudner lineage, made up for that.
Once again, 4.5 stars. On we go to Volume III!
(reviewed the day of purchase)