Right, where was i…. Oh yeah. Im sorry guys that i havn’t been reviewing recently. Ive been run down by a cold and man flu and i have been recently snowed under by College work to my neck, but i finally found time for you. Hopefully, that won’t happen again as this period of slience from me has taught me that i really dont review alot, or my coleges reveiew too much, but either way, im going to find a slot in the week, at least once a week every week for all you adoring fans out there. Now, back to finishing the Aborshen series by Garth Nix.
So, we had left the last book with a young eager Aborshen to be with a hopeless Prince and a King and Queeen presumed dead in a land that hates them or doesn’ t belive in them. Plus, an evil Necromancer is chasing our young Heroin towards the land South of the wall where the King and Queen are presumed dead with out the knoladge that they are dead with a cheeky talking dog and a sarcastic talking cat, and the other evil Necromancer who is the main Villian is transporting an evil acient being to the South of the wall where he can be reawakened to destroy the world and recreate it in his demonic image (Breath….). So things are looking glum….
Luckly, there is a point to all this hopelessness that Garth portrays in this story. He really tries to make you feel like there is truly no hope for the world and that our adventurers are doomed so that when they win at the end you are all that more relived and amazed. Well, i say tries, he really does it very well, but you still know good will win in the end throughout the book which kind of makes the whole “there doomed!” thing feel a little redundant. I know you may say you could say that about all books, but thats simply not true. Most horror books with a happy ending (There not that rare actually because they include near escapes and a full life of haunting memories) dont feel like there will be, so much so you lose sence that the good guys could ever win, so i feel Garth could have done better in that aspect. Though, when the good guys do win at the end i would be lyeing if i didn’t say i felt relived, but i was more relived at the fact that there ordeal is over more than anything else.
Once again, my favorite charature Moggot, has a returning part and in this book, along with the dog and here we discover they have a very interesting past at the end of the book and it explains alot about Moggot from previous stories, but i i’ll leave that bit as a surprise to you, incase you do decide to buy the series. The language in this book is much less clogged up with discription than the last, leaving Garths brilliant imagry for when it is really needed and can be fully appricated. Most likly the reason for the decreased amount of description is to make more space for the story this time, and Garths story telling in this book is some of the best ive ever read. He makes all the aspects of the story flow seamlessly from past to present, allowing for a realy detailed understanding of the story in the world that Garth is putting across. Most of this book is mixed pace, picking up when things get intresting and slowing down when something needs to be observed and remebered by the reader.
The plot is straight forward and grim almost throughout. He hasn’t got the H.G.Wells technique of giving the reader hope and then ripping it away again to make everything seem worse. He more just gives me spots of relief, like “Oh, that good” so when things go wrong again, it feels more mundane than i think it could.
Anyway, im going to rate this book about 5/10. I think its a great work in progress with real potential to be perfect one day, but that it could have done better if it had stayed on the editing table a little longer. That 5, combined with the 8 and 4 from the previous books makes a grand total for the series of 17/30, which is close enough to 6/10, and i will give the series a gold star, so i suggest you buy it. A very interesting and imaginative series.
That Other Guy