Think you have a lot of pressure on your shoulders? Nick Gautier was born to bring about the end of the world....
It's not easy being the heir of a demon overlord. But in Invision, Nick is determined to thwart his destiny and get into a good college. To be more than his genetics and prophecy foretell.
No one is ever going to tell this stubborn Cajun who and what he really is. Or how to live his life. Not even the Fates of the Universe. But now that he and his team of ancient gods and demons have claimed the Eye of Ananke and he sees the missteps of the future, he has to battle the demons within, which are far deadlier and more treacherous than any he's battled before. All the while his archnemesis is back and determined to reclaim his place as the harbinger of Armageddon. Even if it means killing Nick and barbecuing everyone he loves to do so.
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"Meanwhile back at the ranch, ..."
I am a longstanding Kenyon fan, so of course, I will pick up more from her. And, Holter Graham is one the best narrators in the business. I look for books he narrates all the time. Together, they are one of the most addictive combos out there.
In this latest iteration, Xev, and his narrative, stands out as the most memorable character for me.
My favorite scene takes place at aunt Mini's house. There we get substantial chunks of backstory that progress the narrative, and enlighten dangling relationships between significant characters.
This book, as others have commented, stands as a bridge to the storyline. Thankfully, I know there are plans for several more books. If this was the last book, this would have to go into the annals of, "bad... bad..," endings--with "Heroes" and "Alphas."
I can only infer that this book served several alternative purposes--other than being a great stand alone story. If you were to pick this book up, as a first read, in the "Chronicles of Nick" series, you will be severely disappointed and uninspired to go back and get the rest. However, for those devoted followers, this book serves as a hilarious narrative that fills in the blanks with several character's storylines. At the same time, it also provides superior plot twists that real you back in even deeper.
Nevertheless, I must point out that some of the derived relationships and associations appear clunky and contrived. For example, Zev's relationship with Nick is presented with the subtlety of a 400 pound man doing a cannonball--off the high board--in the water hazard at the US Open. However, it lacked the "oh my God" interest, I believe she was trying for. It comes off more as a, Whisky-Tango-Foxtrot," surprise that changes the tone of the relationship. For those of us that follow the series, this doesn't flow in the same narrative style we are use to from Kenyon. Nor, does she take enough time to feather out this relationship in this book or the last. This is just one example, and there are several more in the story.
Further, I miss Simi's role in this story. Her parts, again, seam contrived and provide very little explanation for her presents. Simi is like, 'Martin's Brotha-Man... from the fifth floor," and we never get enough of her. Fortunately, Kenyon always leaves us wanting for more. But, historically her role is more intertwined and complementary to the progression of the story. This time, it comes off as an afterthought, and Graham narration of her did not help: Next time less Kate Jenner, more Dora the Explorer.
In addition, it seams that this book presents itself as an inspirational gateway to the Dark Hunter series. Which is fine, but misleading. Several of the dreamscape novella's that take place in this book suspiciously align with books in the Dark Hunter series. And, to become equally vested in those characters you would have to pick up those books as well. Now don't get me wrong, two of my all-time favorite books are "Asheron" and "Stixx." However, this one takes it overboard. There's just not enough character development in this story to inspire that kind of, "needle in the hay stack," search throughout that whole collection.
However beyond all of the shortcoming, the insight and cliffhanger provided in this story make it essential to those following the story. More, it's hilarious. Nick and crew are as funny as ever, and the pace was great. I have read it twice already, and plan on going back to see if I can clear up some the relationship issues I haven't been able to follow.
- Kareem Savoy
Worth the read. Good book overall.