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I know its not for everyone, but the folks who get it really do. I am having a ball hopping through time and space with Alex Locke trying to puzzle outvthe mystery of the obsidian heart. I can't think of a better way to spend a weekend. Its dark, visceral, complicated. Its just the kind of thing I love.
As a second book in what must be at least a trilogy (more! please more!), it very honorably holds its ground.
If there's less action and a bit more 'exposé', it's only understandable.
I particularly liked the parts where the subtleties of life in Victorian London are explained. Details like smog or dogfights imbue the narrative with a particular atmosphere that thoroughly enriches the horrors that await the reader.
Overall, the quality of the writing is on par with the first book, but because of the need for some explanation and clarifications to be expected in relation with time-travel, it may *seem slightly less gripping* than its predecessor.
It remains a very enjoyable book.
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The second book is always in danger of being the runt of a trilogy. This one escapes that accolade but does seem to ride on the interesting ideas of the first and tread water while waiting for the last book. Some possibilities are not even questioned leaving the reader to wonder if they are the clue as to the ending. But the tale of Victorian time travel is still interesting enough. What was awkward in this audiobook was the apparent laziness of the narrator. He did not seem to have read the chapters first as the emphasises seemed wrong much of the time and there were many breaks in sentences when there shouldn't have been, so a lot of the time the listener is imagining how it should be read rather than getting captured by the story.
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