4 out of 5 Stars
Sky took a vow of silence and left the world above to keep her city’s magic alive. Now, she wanders the Hallows as an acolyte of the Lost Emperor – an unseen legend from another world whose words fuel the magic above. But when her lover breaks their vow of silence and falls deathly ill, Sky must descend to the deepest depths of the Hallows to beg the Lost Emperor’s help. What she finds, though, is a tragedy that spans centuries, and Sky will stop at nothing to make it right.
I want more. This short story could be expanded to a whole novel or even a series and be just as good. Just did not understand why Dew was referred to as “they” instead of “he/she”
Overview: The town knows the truth and are now running for their lives. Monsters have been invited in and are hunting for human flesh. Many are slaughtered in the streets or their homes, but those who survived are out for the man responsible. Safely tucked away, Ethan leaves every one behind in order to take control from the man who claims to be God. A nomad blast from the past in the form of Ethan’s old boss, Adam Hassler, wanders into town and saves Ethan’s wife and son from being killed in a jail cell. After over throwing the dictator, Ethan finds himself in charge with another man as co-captain. Working to out the town back together, they make another startling discovery and faced with one of two options; die in town or face the outside world. Choosing a third option, the town sets off on a another questionable journey.
Opinion: The ending sucks. By now everything has become predictable and the only thing no one sees coming is the ending, so you would think that it would be epic. Sadly it is not, you first think they decide to stay in town, then you are led to believe they are leaving only for a third option to arrive. This choice needs more explaining, and then the epilogue leaves so much room for another book but I don’t think we will get one. It had so much promise to be great but turned out to only be good.
Overview: after discovering the horrible truth about the town and the outside world, Ethan Burke joins the dark side and becomes sheriff. Tasked with keeping everyone safe and being a good soldier, he is still uneasy about the whole mess. He becomes angry after a citizen commits suicide in front of him, and crashes his barely used jeep. The cause of the wreck was partly because of his mood, and partly because of the woman stabbed and exsanguinated laying in the middle of the road. The search is on for her murder and the rabbit hole goes deeper than ever as Ethan finds the original suspects are red herrings to the murder. Resolving to resolve all matters in one night, he sets up an elaborate party and begins to dismantle everything about the town. The man in charge gives in and signs everyone’s death certificate using a single door.
Opinion: I didn’t realize it until now, but this series has a very big “1984” by George Orwell, feeling to it. The cameras, public manipulations and evil government in a dystopyian like world. Unlike the first one, this book was a little more predictable but still exciting to find the motives behind the madness. Even then there was nothing too shocking except for finding out the identification of the murder victim. It is still fast paced and a great follow up to the first book, I think the series is just starting to lose it’s edge. The third holds big promises as the town is falling apart and Ethan might get the surprise of his life.