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I have mixed feelings about this one
on 26 May 2015
I felt that this was a very difficult book to review, as Part 2 is written in a very different style to Part 1. I later found out that Twilight Eyes was originally published in a limited edition in 1985 called Land of Enchantment. Then Koontz expanded the story; wrote the second half and published it as Twilight Eyes in 1987. That the book was written in two time periods is very obvious. It is rather like two different books.
Part 1 was good. I liked the descriptions of the carnival and it’s inhabitants “The Carnies”. I liked the aura of mystery and the feeling that there was maybe something supernatural afoot. I liked the nocturnal clandestine forays into the unknown by the protagonist Slim to try and discover exactly what was going on and how to get rid of the ominous threat he perceived. However ’Goblins’ taking human form did seem a little fanciful, but I was willing to suspend disbelief in order to see how the story developed. (David Icke kept springing to mind….)
The characters were well developed too. Slim, although only 17 years old, seemed an intelligent, sensitive and well rounded character and well equipped to face whatever adversity the world threw at him. Rya’s character was similarly intriguing, her initial aloofness becomes apparent as the story and her relationship with Slim develops.
Then came Part 2 and the story took on a totally different feel and in my opinion took a downhill turn. It read more like an action movie, and totally lost the charm and intrigue that was so much a feature of the first part. The depth of the two main characters that he had so painstakingly built up in Part 1 was stripped away, and any interactions with each other read more like a lecture on the good and evils of mankind and the like.There are some parts where Koontz tries to marry part one and two together to create a coherent whole, but this never really works.
But having said all this, it is not a bad book by any means. Well, lets face it, is it written by the great Dean Koontz, but it is not one of his best. If you are a really ardent fan, then I suspect you can forgive it’s misgivings and enjoy it for what it is. I gave three stars. I really could have given it four if the second part had not let it down and stripped away most of the positive character development that worked so well in the first part.