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- Print Length: 308 pages
- Publisher: Kindle Press (24 May 2016)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01EG9L9AK
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- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #126,970 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Now that that’s out of the way…
I really loved the first Soren Chase novel and was very excited to get the Amazon email showing the sequel was being released soon. Not wanting to wait, I checked NetGalley and was able to get an uncorrected proof copy (yea!)
Like “Forest”, “Pretender” is much more intense and horror-ish (?) than my usual preference. But once again Blackwell’s writing and the Soren Chase character completely drew me in. The story also provided more character development for returning characters as well as an intriguing new one, Friday. Since OF COURSE you’ve already read “Forest” (:-)) you know to expect a lot of paranormal violence and this time there is also a (not too graphic) sex scene.
I didn’t love this quite as much as the first because, falling solidly in the urban fantasy/horror genre, it didn’t have the original’s noir mystery feel which was part of what I loved. In addition there are several long, detailed fight scenes that became a little tedious. But this is an important book in the Soren Chase mythos and since the proof copy had numerous distracting formatting errors, I went ahead and pre-ordered the final kindle version. Really, if the two Soren Chase novels were available in hardbound I would buy those too for my “keep permanently” bookshelves.
(Did I mention that you should read Forest of Forever first?)
First thing first you will have to read book one to understand this book, the reason I say that is I read book one not too long ago and when I started reading this one I had to stop and think about what happened in the first book.
In this story Soren learns who he truly is via another Pretender but Soren isn't what people truly expect him to be. We also see Sara and her kind of boyfriend police officer Ken fight to stop a powerful being from killing tons of innocents and stopping his menacing plan. Will all his crazy creatures (some of them were quite scary, especially the spider?)
There is so much here within the story that I will give too much away.
I don't remember much of Sara in book one but I have to say I liked how she never gives up in this book she is constantly wanting to be on the front line of it all.
Now the reason I gave this book a four was only because towards the end it was a bit hard for me to keep all the characters straight as far as who was impersonating who.
This book has plenty of action from the get go and leaves you wondering what exactly is the end game for all involved.
If you like action, paranormal creatures that you may have never heard of I say pick this book up.
The book starts out high in action, and the pace is kept up throughout. However at no time do you feel like it is action for the sake of action, it is all bringing you on a fantastic journey, continuing Soren's path of discovery and growth from the first book, and taking it way beyond what we could have ever imagined. This book took the story well past what I could have ever imagined, and I love it all the more for that. I felt like at every moment I was discovering with Soren. Nothing disappoints me more in a book then when I am able to anticipate what will happen next, and at absolutely no stage was I able to anticipate with this book - I truly loved that about it. I sat and read for the day, and did not once want to put it down, constantly feeling like egging Soren and the rest of the characters on towards the end discoveries. I am purposely not giving away any of the story as I want everyone to read it and experience it for themselves. But I will say, if you have not yet read The Forest of Forever, I would highly recommend reading that first, as I feel it gives you a real understanding of who Soren is in The Pretender, and you can really fully understand his angst, and emotions, and what is driving him. Then once you have read it, you can thank me for recommending the read, and get straight to reading The Pretender and have one of the best reads in the Urban Fantasy / Horror / Supernatural genre in a long time!
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The Pretender is very fast paced and kept my interest throughout. Star Wars fans will enjoy a Yoda/Luke type training sequence in the story. I really like the new villain that's introduced, Rakev. The Pretender has a lot of action and some very cool, unique monsters. Also the story dives into the character of Soren Chase a lot deeper and shows just how complex he is.
If you're a fan of sci-fi/monster novels with a great story and a really interesting main character then give "The Pretender" a look. You won't be disappointed
Soren must put his personal torments aside and embrace new and frightening skills if he’s to have a chance of helping her. Meanwhile Sara herself has grown in her role and capabilities, now working for a secret outfit that investigates and opposes malign supernatural incursions.
But that may not be enough to fight a more dangerous enemy than any they’ve yet faced, and who has gathered an army of supernatural monstrosities to his call.
The series invites comparisons with the legendary Buffy and Angel series, with its blend of supernatural action, horror and touches of humor. It’s a tricky mix to pull off, but Blackwell succeeds, creating a story and characters you want to follow.
And the ending…it leaves no doubt there are much bigger challenges in store for Soren Chase and company.