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- Publisher: Writer As A Stranger; 1 edition (7 Nov. 2013)
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- Language: English
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- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
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The Amber Rooms (The Saskia Brandt Series Book Three) Kindle Edition
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The third is no exception to the rule. It showcases Ian Hocking's dedication to his work, as the amount of research he has put into the time period is clear.
Ian has a very defined style of writing, obscuring many of the characters' motivations and thoughts, including those of the main character herself. I find this adds greatly to the mysteries surrounding Saskia and only makes me want to read more!
Very much looking forwards to the next book in the series.
Give it a go.
However the writing I found opaque. Brandt seems to try to kill people then rescue them then become fond of them. They do the same to her for no obvious reason. She lost her left hand in the previous novel and has implanted nanites which will heal injury, yet she is adamant on not using them for that although healing other illnesses is fine. Why? The plot also moves to and from the other characters who are quite unattractive and also do not behave in a normal way.
There was a constant feeling that something would happen that would explain everything, but it never did. This is not a short book so the reader has to have some reward, but that never came. Half way through I deleted this book. It just could not maintain my interest. There were long descriptions and vignette scenes of life in the era. But more exposition would have made this an interesting book.
I'll admit that with both Déjà Vu (The Saskia Brandt Series Book One) and Flashback (The Saskia Brandt Series Book Two) there were times I was totally confused as to what was going on and why. I kept going with them though, and by the end of each I was enjoying the ride.
So, with this one I knew what I was getting in to. However, the story here is so hard to follow that there were several times I was tempted to quit. There is a lot of the story that makes no sense as to why Saskia was where she was, or why she's rescuing people who've earlier tried to kill her.
Oh, and how exactly did she get to this time? I don't remember it from Flashback, and I didn't spot any clues in this book either.
The bad things aside though, the story did have it's appeal. There were several moments when I thought we were back on track with a story on par with the previous ones. The last couple of chapters certainly brought it back for me - and with this ending, I'm actually looking forward once more for the next in the series.
Overall, this is a hard book to read. If you are a fan of the first two books, then you probably should read this - but be prepared to read it slowly, and probably more than once before you fully understand what's happening.
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