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What did you love best about The League of Doorways?
The way that the author brought all the groups, each with their own agenda, to the same place, ready for a final confrontation.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The League of Doorways?
At the very end of Book 2 when it is revealed that Leana may have been the one that sold out her friends.
Have you listened to any of Fred Wolinsky’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Yes, Mr. Wolinsky again gives us a fine performance making each character distinct and believable.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
When Jack Black is finally united with his sister but can't seem to help her.
Any additional comments?
Please hurry and finish Book 3! Jack needs to save his sister, and their uncle must pay for his crimes.
Stars: Overall: 4 Narration: 4 Story 4
The second in this trilogy picks right up where the first ended, or didn’t since the author is an apparent fan of the cliffhanger. While I understand the reasons for them, in titles geared to younger readers I am NOT a fan (not much for myself either) as I believe that each story should have some conclusion that makes you curious about what next, not struggling to sort out a long or drawn-out plot point. But that is really my biggest issue with this story: again O’Rourke manages to build a world that is solid and inventive, and give us plenty of action to follow.
There are new characters: good, bad and ugly to get to know again in this story, while some carry-over from the first book does happen, this is really a solid deepening of the characters we met in book one: and you CANNOT jump into this story expecting to follow along. You will be hopelessly lost as the action starts with very little breathing time, and we jump right in to it all: not a ton of catch up or background from the first book. Zach is marginally more developed in this story – but it is definitely action, not a character driven storyline, and if you are wanting some unique twists, surprises and plenty of new puzzles to work out.
Fred Wollinsky’s narration was better in this than the first: or perhaps I was more accustomed to his performance and voicing. His creation and consistency with Zach’s voice is spot on for the character, and his variations in pitch, tone, accent and delivery are clearer as he navigates through a daunting myriad of characters, each bringing their own intention and threat to the story.
Part two is down, and this trilogy will end with the next book, The Queen of Doorways. There is another cliffhanger at the end of this story: be warned. I did listen to books one and two in succession, so the characters and voices were fresh and while not easy to recall, I found them less confusing in the second round. Perfectly suited for ages 12 and up, there is something to please the fantasy fan who prefers unique worlds and action.
I received an audioBook copy of the title from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.