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Luke Daniels is great as usual, but man this story is weak. The war that is has been building for several books is woefully underwritten, and the ending is ham fisted and clichéd. Not what I signed up for when I bought I to this series. I will probably not jump back on the Hearne bandwagon any time soon.
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Maybe some spoilers.
First off, i’m a fan of the series. Probably not a typical fan of these series, but a fan. I’m not particularly pleased by gratuitous bacon and sausage references, but i have found the series casually engaging. Having said that, i think this may be the worst book in the series.
The first third of this book was an attempt to squish together all the (too many) novellas that you didn't read. Or maybe it was an attempt to advertise for them? Hard to tell the difference. Too many things happened in all the tiny books to have a cohesive transition from the last full book to this. Maybe they could have been flushed out into a real book. Like this one, which feels like a novela that had a lot of extra words thrown at it to give it the right page count.
I love a good random aside. The middle third of this felt like all the random asides the author had been building up over the course of this series got shoved because they needed a home. It was too much and without the normal comedic timing that makes them work. Lets just say at no point did i find myself laughing at these interruptions to the story.
Also way too many nature friends. This book is cluttered with unnecessary characters that seemed to only serve to give the narrator a place to test out some funny voices.
All the dialog felt super preachy about odd things. This book left me wondering if i should care about tasmanian devil face cancer.
The last third is where the “plot” happens, and is a bit like reading The Iliad or The Old Testimate. This person died like this. This other person died like this. These people were left behind to grieve for the loss of those other people. Insert random aside about sausage making.
The doomhammer that had been prophesied from the very beginning of the series was completely avoidable and was character mood driven instead of being plot driven which feels like the author gave up trying and just wanted the thing to be over. By the end of this book i shared that feeling.
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