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3.0 out of 5 stars Average book from James, 18 Sept. 2007
This review is from: Shout For The Dead: The Acendants of Estorea Book 2: The Ascendants of Estorea Book 2 (GOLLANCZ S.F.) (Paperback)
Whilst many would consider James as one of the authors to watch he is perhaps best known for his Raven series. But what makes this author different, is the fact that he really doesn't pull punches and is more than happy to slay characters left right and centre being a firm believer in the thinking that if there isn't a chance of walking out of a situation then they might as well go down fighting. Whilst the first novel of the series was something revolutionary for James this second offering lacked pace and to be honest just strolled along rather than running up to its full potential. The characters also could have been worked on and were more washy and bleached than full 3D characters that we have come to expect with the use of combat seeming to replace any errors within the writing which unfortunately came across as trying to distract the reader from trying to identify with the characters through the use of window dressing. Whilst some authors would have seen this as a cracking effort in this case I did feel let down and hope that James picks up for the third installment.
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