The author has been building to this book, painstakingly introducing many of Heroes United’s key players in what has amounted to three prequels: Blue Blood, Prisoner of a witch and The lost prince. If some of those chapters seemed a little non-related when read as stand-alones, Heroes United has redeemed their existence. This book has the potential to revitalize the superhero book genere. Heroes United has raised the bar to a level where the more "traditional" approach of having a single superhero tangle with a supervillain or two may no longer be enough.
The core appeal of Heroes United has been the gathering of heroes, although at first the stories seem a bit unrelated, it begins to make its way to the plot after the first chapter, perhaps the author knew some wouldn’t read the first trilogy (which I highly recommend, it is worth it even now that it has a price) and thus imagined it would be nice to explain each character independently before gathering them together, and it is also great because, if you read the first trilogy, now you know what happened after (or before) those stories and also shows a completely different point of view about the destruction of Rothland.
Ultimately, Heroes United is all about action. The main storyline is pretty basic. The most impressive thing Alquir does with the plot is to provide all the characters sufficient time and keep the book from becoming an excuse to sell you a crossover story. The tsunami part in which half of San Francisco is destroyed works so well because we care about the heroes and because attention is paid to the little details and each one of them.
Last but not least, there is an unexpected casualty among the heroes which is surprising and reveals the possible plot of the sequel. In conclusion, a great book, a fresh reading and awesome way to begin a book series. Little spoiler here, Toxic’s appearance is just epic.
(reviewed 17 days after purchase)