Top positive review
on 11 November 2012
Book Review: The Crucible of Dawn : Lodestone Book 3 by Mark Whiteway
Reviewed by J Bryden Lloyd
Writing Style - 5.0/5.0 (Outstanding)
There was never a doubt in my mind that the standard of writing I found in the opening parts of this trilogy, would be maintained to the conclusion of the tale. And it was.
Like the first instalment, this book continues in the same excellent writing style. The dialogue and the strength of the scene building is testament to the hard work of what I consider to be an exceptional author with remarkable skill. This is - if possible - a better example than its predecessor.
Character Development - 5.0/5.0 (Outstanding)
Along with our original characters, yet more come into the remarkable tale that forms around these hopeful heroes. The hu-mans, the real enemy of the Kelanni people, are revealed in brilliant detail and rightly vilified as the oppressors of the race. But in amongst those are some who would be on the side of the righteous... almost.
The characters formed by this ongoing tale will remain with you and Mr Whiteway provides the fuel to make their characters live and breathe in copious volumes.
I thought the pace of the story allowed me to fully immerse myself in the characters, and when it was time to stand and be counted, human nature played the key ingredient.
Descriptive - 5.0/5.0 (Outstanding)
Once again, phenomenal world building made this the exceptional work that it is. Beyond that, the realistic characters, simple-yet-impossible problems facing the heroes of the piece, and the carefully drawn technology and abilities to use it, really did make this an outstanding example of modern science fiction.
Language & Grammar - 5.0/5.0 (Outstanding)
Mr Whiteway's command of language is superb. The editing and structure were solid and the high standard of vocabulary were excellent. From start to finish, the undertone of knowledge of the English language is clear, and this author works hard to make every image flow through the wording.
Plot - 5.0/5.0 (Outstanding) *MINIMAL SPOILERS*
As the story continues, the Kelanni find themselves seeking out the lodestone weapon built by the Hu-mans; a technologically advanced and typically destructive example of our wondrous species.
With new allies, the plot is intricately twisted around the issues of who can, and who cannot be trusted. The story build brilliantly around stopping the Hu-mans, but it's a plot which takes Shann, Keris and the others back to where they began for a showdown that could destroy everything.
The all-or-nothing threat is nicely rounded and consumes the characters in a hugely entertaining series of sub-plots as they endeavour to save their people.
General - 5.0/5.0 (Outstanding)
I recall mentioning that I may have to copy and paste a whole review if this book was as good as the second part. I'm happy to announce that it's not. It's better!
Probably the best sci-fi trilogy I've read in a long time... and I believe there is more to come.
Five Stars! No doubts.