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A Follow Up a Shade Off the Original
on 16 January 2009
It's been two months since we last looked in on Grant Borrows and the rest of the ringwearers. In that time, the world as we know it has ended. There are emergencies and natural disasters everywhere. Los Angeles is only surviving thanks to the help of Grant under his guise as "Guardian." He's using his ability to move any object with his mind as a super power leading the rest of the ringwearers in a quest to help restore order to the city.
But their actions have caught the eye of the Federal Government who isn't pleased with these powerful beings. FBI agent Ethan Cooke has been assigned to find out who Guardian really is and bring him in if he can't make him stop.
Since the Secretum has been silent for the time, Grant begins to feel like he's put that evil group behind him. But then mysterious signs begin to come true. Is Grant still destined to be The Bringer? Can he avoid this destiny?
If you are lost by reading all this, it is perfectly understandable. This is the second book in a fantasy trilogy, and it knows it. In fact, it falls into the middle book trap. The first half is okay, but pretty episodic and slow going. Things really pick up in the second half with plenty of action, twists, and revelations. And I can't forget the cliffhanger that will make me read the third volume soon.
The characters don't fair too much better. There is little in the way of development that wasn't in the first book. Yes, there are two or three exceptions, but it wasn't anything spectacular. The most frustrating thing was there were references to details I couldn't remember from the first book that were never fully explained again here. You really need to read the novels back to back; the three months I waited was obviously too long.
I really did enjoy the book and stayed up way to late to finish it. I'm anxious to see where Grant's journey takes him in the final book.