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Book 1 in the series created a bunch of interesting possibilities. Book 2 ignored the story premises set up in book 1, and told of an incoherent set of circumstances that appeared to take place in the same universe, but were mostly unrelated. Book 3 is the story that lead into book 1, and seemed promising at first but went off the rails around the time things should have been tied together with the first book. If i had to do it again, i would read book 3 first, then book 1 and pretend book 2 and 4 are part of the author's other collection on titles that take place in the same universe but not the same story & then skip those because they are really not worth the time. Luke Daniels was brilliant as always.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
That about explains it. Thoroughly enjoyed this 3rd entry, the time just flew by. Luke is great and the story engaging (you must read the first 2). Last few chapters left me somewhat confused. Granted, I am not super bright but I get most things. Is there a chart explaining all the worlds? I cant say more anything more specifically in order not to spoil it but I did go a little crosseyed, who was where and how and why. Looking forward to more!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
As suggested by the title, this book steps away from the ongoing story of The Game to look at its creator, Brandon, and the establishment and motives behind it. Having greatly enjoyed the immersive earlier books, at first this reader was reluctant to look outside, to perhaps have preconceived expectations dashed. Instead, the opposite occured and ideas were given even greater interest, the concepts, as well as Brandon, written large.
As always, the narration by Luke Daniels was excellent, read with good pace, clarity and intonation. The various characters, too, were well voiced, distinctive and appropriate. His reading enhances the experience of the book.
Interlude: Brandon could easily be read earlier in the series but, placed as it is as book three, this is definitely the optimum position. Having read the first two stories, the reader will surely have formed their own ideas of the Game and what it is from both information given and that deduced. This book the steps in to add to the understanding of what it really is, at the same time introducing new speculations.
Well written, gently building character and tensions, this is an excellent, unmissable part of the entire series.
Better than the second book. Fills in a lot of background information. Hopefully it leads up to a great finale.