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The Series Chugs Along...
on 30 July 2007
Although Deathstalker Return is an improvement over Deathstalker Legacy, I still found it to be lacking something. It seems to me that some of the spark, some of the magic, of the first Deathstalker saga has gone. Simon Green still has a great imagination and wit, but I'm just not finding myself to be as engrossed in this saga as in the first one, which had me on the edge of my seat more often than not. This series is taking me a lot more "through the motions".
There is more action and adventure this time around, so it at least attempts to be more like its old self. Lewis Deathstalker travels a similar path to his ancestor Owen in order to the find the legend himself and somehow bring him back. But it isn't as entertaining the second time around. This new cast of characters haven't clicked with me the way the first lot did, and I think the Terror has been vastly under-used so far in the series. It's a dimension-spanning world-eater and yet we have only seen it twice in two books. We didn't see the Recreated till late in the first saga, true, but I still felt their sense of menace, while I feel very little presently for the Terror.
That said, this book IS better than its predecessor, and it did have its moments, along with a mind-blowing ending which Green has successfully managed to keep me hooked to the series with. I truly hope that Green pulls out all the stops in the last volume of his great series and makes all of what he has achieved up to now worth it.