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Love this series and happily, unlike others I could mention - Mr. Lynch - there is not that long between novels. I have given the max for the plot znd the writing. However, the kindle editing is all over the place with swathes of prose repeated and where are the illustrations? Hopefully Mr Kindle can get his minions on the case and rectify these faults. Finally received hard copy and so disappointed as no illustrations. Proper let down. Had to knock a star off but this is no reflection on the author whatsoever.
This author is a master of intrigue and I challenge anyone to figure out where the story line is going. He weaves stories into stories and you really get hooked on the characters. His descriptions of the cities, clothing and habits of the times are marvellous. On the other hand, you had better have a cast iron stomach to digest the horrors and brutality he writes about. I worry as to where he dreams up these horrible sadistic situations. I can't recommend it as bedtime reading but I have to admit I will miss Master Corbett and his friends. And enemies. One star off for the violence.
Robert R. McCammon has made another amazing entry in the Matthew Corbett series. Though I understand some readers have been upset that this entry seemed to be a side note to the continued search for the mirror, I disagree. If Mr. McCammon decided to write ten more books in the Corbett series and continue with side adventures I would be happy. I say this because of Mr. McCammon's superb storytelling. I dont really have much to add about the story in this book because I am sure others have explained the premise. I don't want to potentially give spoilers either. I do want to comment on one character in particular. DeKay. I could not stop reading during DeKay's backstory. In addition, the backstory of Cardinal Black was equally a page turner (or page swiper on my Kindle).
Their book got off track with the back stories of several characters which had nothing to do with anything in the plot. The ending was forced after wading through the subplots. Writing was very good and an exciting story despite all.
There are great moments of writing in this tome and great moments of dull repititive to-ing and fro-ing. The denoument for the explanation of the beast is rather dull. I liked the claustrophobic atmosphere of the island and the tension it builds about how to escape. I also liked the backstories of certain characters but found myself skipping pages just to finish this tome. Its a bit flabby in sections ie hudson and brom fight, needed to be trimmed.
First of all, the Kindle edition is full of flaws. Dialogue formatting is bonkers. Passages are repeated or plopped into unrelated paragraphs. There are typos. So. Many. Typos. Many scenes went on so long with gratuitous description, I found myself skipping words to hurry things up. Ordinarily, I jealously devour every word of a Corbett book. And while I liked delving into DeKay and Cardinal Black’s history, these parts may as well have been short stories. I thought this was a Matthew Corbett novel? The time travel bit in the beginning was weird. Either come back to it or save it for the end of the book as a bit of foreshadowing for the next. This novel read as if McCammon’s publishers were pressuring him for pages and he was willy nilly tossing them what he had—character sketches, short stories, discarded passages from previous Corbett novels, anything to get them off his back. Still a page-turner, just disjointed.