I have been a fan of this series for a while and was thrilled to discover a new book, especially one that is a meaty 600 or so pages (I read this on the Kindle app and page numbers can be a little fluid). Six hundred more pages with characters I love? Yay!
At first, though, I wasn’t sure I would make it through the whole thing. The premise of a giant plant taking over Turgonia was a bit 1950s B-horror movie for me, and that particular plot point didn’t hook me at all. But I knew I had enjoyed the other seven books for good reason, so pushed on. After a few chapters I was able to get into the story, thanks to the strong characters and a conspiracy-driven sub-plot. More than once I had to force myself to put the book down and go to sleep, already!
There is a lot of head hopping in this book, and it is done very well. It was never confusing and each viewpoint helped the reader see nuances in the events that may have been otherwise missed. It was also nice to engage with beloved characters by spending whole chapters inside each one’s head.
If you are a fan of this series, you probably already have the book. If you are here as a newbie, do yourself a favor and start at the beginning. This isn’t really a stand-alone piece but one that rewards loyal readers and hopefully leaves room for more volumes down the road.
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