This is the second book in the re-released "The City Trilogy" which was originally released a while ago and apparently flopped. I never read the original series but unless there have been huge changes then I really can't see why it failed. This book is a brilliant melding of crime drama and supernatural thriller, what I mean is it has all the grit of a detective novel but it also has slightly mystical/strange things to help poke the plot along and keep it interesting. The protoganist has a few nice revelations to go through which make this book even more interesting than a simple detective book. Overall I'd say if you like "The Dresden Files" then this is something like that except if the ratio of magic-realism is 50:50 in Dresden Files then it's 20:80 here, so it's a lot more believable and it in no way suffers for that.
Although not an improvement on the first book in the series, it's still an amazing book, and is very close in quality to that. This is helped by the fact that it is a lot longer than the first one, although the story is so intense it flies by. Would definately recommend this to fans of Darren/D. B. Shans work, plus anyone with a general interest in the genre - you won't be disappointed.
Having read all of Darren Shan's other books i knew to expect something fast paced- this is no exception! The plot races through and although the description is a bit sparse in places the twists and turns the plot takes makes it worthwhile. Read the first book in the series first as it is referenced in this book. The underlying themes in both books seems to be about accepting and embracing the darker side of your personality, there really are no true 'protagonist' figures in these books and you will find yourself warming towards the main characters even though they often do things which would normally turn us against them. Can't wait for book 3!!
The second book in Darren Shan's "The City" trilogy is one of those that doesn't directly follow on from the first. In fact the events of this book happen simultaneously with those of Procession of the Dead.
Here we focus on Al Jeery, one of the many mercenaries working for the City's crime lord, The Cardinal. It's a normal day doing mercenary-type things when Al finds his girlfriend Nic dead at the Cardinal's morgue, the Fridge. The next thing Al knows he is sent on a mission by the Cardinal to find out how killed her and is drawn into a world of prostitutes and the supernatural. As the mystery deepens Al realises he can't trust anyone and when famed assassin Pacar Waimi is involved he knows he is in trouble...
For the most part this was a more traditional story than the first book. It's a whodunit set it Shan's dark and slightly supernatural City. It's a pretty good once though and the twists come thick and fast. It's one of those books where three-quarters of the information you are told is not true.
There's also a supernatural element, featuring blind monks and an Incan God. It's sort of indirect in that it doesn't have a massive effect on the plot and we're not really sure whether any of the strange stuff is actually happening. Like the first book, it felt very much at odds with the mafia-type story it was telling. It looks like the two stories will come together in the final volume though and perhaps that will be a little more supernatural based.
An enjoyable book due to a twisty plot and a main character you can't help but like. He might work for a crime lord but essentially Al is a normal guy who has gone through a lot of s***. But this book takes the s*** to a whole new level...
A great follow-up to Procession of the Dead (POTD), this rewritten book really captures your imagination! Just wanted to say how brilliantly this adds an whole new spin and dimension to POTD (they take place simultaneously) and that is definitely for anyone who like POTD or indeed any of Shan's other books!
When people thought that they'd had a real ride of a journey with the first novel in this series by Darren, they're not going to be prepared for the sheer energy as well as action exuded within. In fact its going to be so difficult for Darren to top this offering that I really don't see how he can. The writing's crisp, the prose beautiful but top this off with a top notch story arc alongside characters that just leap off the pages and you really have a novel that will keep you glued to the last page. A real treat and a series that will Shan more fans the world over.
Darren Shans second iteration into the city universe is just as compeling as its predecesor. Introducing a new lead character we get to see a more tame and mysterious insight into the city and its mystries. With a naritive that will twist turn and spin around you its dificult to keep a level head and with ideas and themes that shock coming from the auther of the teen series of the demonata and the vampires. This was my favorite book in the series thought Capac Raimi is still by far the best character. This is for fans of the auther and people who enjoy murder mystries.
The story continues but through the eyes of a new protagonist. Without giving anything away, I would not attempt this if you have not read the first in the series as it just won't make sense. Easier to follow than before and throws clarity on The Cardinal, Wasmi Paucar and the Inca connection that pieces both novels together masterfully. Definitely need to read the third and last in the series for the full 360 degree effect. Great for thriller/ sci fi fans!
Truly incredible book. Engaging story, sensational writing style including Darren's true-to-life way of speech with no holding back language helps create the perfect mood throughout the entire book. Only downside is... The 3rd and final part of the trilogy still isn't out 'til next year!
Perfect read for all fans of Darren Shan or in fact anyone who has ever had or may have any desire to have a good time. 110% recommended.