Top critical review
Should have stopped after the first two.
25 January 2019
There are times when I read book reviews on Amazon and simply cannot relate these to the actual books in question. Now I know reading is a very personal matter, and tastes vary widely, but how anyone could have read the first two books in this series and not been utterly dismayed by the third is a mystery.
To put it bluntly this is a very tedious, badly written mess that borders on the ludicrous. The first alarm bell rang when the Acolytes of Satan made a reappearence as if the author couldn't be bothered creating a new advesary, and the time i was half way through it had been joined by a cacophany of others. One of those was the aforementioned Boredom Bell of Doom. Suffice to say that next to nothing happens for the first half of the book; Adam kills someone, Joni discovers her power and ...um...well that's about it. It isn't in fact until the appearence of Sym about 70% of the way through that The Seventeenth Year gets even remotely close to the previous two books, and then only briefly.
Everything about this book seems to be lazy and half-thought out, from Joni's power to the reaction of world governments to manna use, to Adam's non-superhuman superhumanism. Nothing fits. Where the first two led with a thoroughly enjoyable plot that fleshed out the characters, here we seem to have a quite 2 dimensional characters taped as an afterthought onto a cobbled together plot.
Despite all of the above I struggled along until the appearence of Cyril Perkins (yes he's really called that), "When Cyril was driving, he was driving, nowt else" followed quickly by "Hey up, Petal". At that point I stopped reading and just thought "enough".
Its a damn shame though as the Worldwalker series was one of those rare gems that display genuine originality, but perhaps its just another example of why authors should refrain from trying to flog a concept until its nothing more than a red smear in the reader's memory. The examples are legion but authors and publishers never seem to learn.
I doubt I'll read the final instalment.