While I struggled with the learning curve at the beginning, once you get through it you are rewarded with a book that is full of action and intrigue.
The murder changes everything. The Vanguard is supposed to protect against such violence, not fall victim to it. But even the so-called ‘Fallen’ wouldn’t kill without reason. Would they?
The murderer changes everything. The Fallen keep to themselves, living comfortably separate to other Necurians. But he is dragging them towards war. Why is he so convinced that it’s the Vanguard’s fault?
The inquisitors have changed. As teenagers, they witnessed the murder in front of their eyes. Five years later, they wield the authority of the Vanguard, and they will hunt down the killer. The motives must be uncovered. Because even the Fallen would not kill without reason.
And that’s the best words I can use to describe it – action packed. There’s tons of fight scenes, which read really well, and there’s intrigue/mystery throughout about what is happening. It’s more of a futuristic military drama with political intrigue throughout. What propels the plot is not long passages about the characters mindset or introspection, but characters that need to act and are determined to get to the bottom of the truth.
As the book continues you get more and more invested in the book, it just takes a little while for it to warm up. I think that’s partly because of the scope of Harrison’s book – trying to get the readers invested in the world and different alien species of the books. Even though it’s not so much focused on characters, the different character types illuminate an interesting point about the moments our paths diverged. How could our lives have gone a different direction? How does one person, one influence, or one event change the path of our lives forever?
Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the author.
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