(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).
(This review may contain spoilers).
When I read the blurb of this book originally, I found the idea quite intriguing… even though I haven’t actually read the first book in the series. I did find this book fairly easy to read (it took me a while to finish due to a lot of things going on this week), but I did find a lot of it quite confusing.
I did find Dandalus a character who was difficult to relate to emotionally. There were a lot of interesting aspects to him, but the fact that he had no emotional attachment to his wife and daughter didn’t make him a very sympathetic character. I felt like there was a lot of telling rather than showing going on.
I thought that the idea about the column and column children was intriguing, though I was quite confused by the explanation. The idea about the incarnations was quite a good one… even though it seemed to render the whole trial as not necessary.
I found the sons of thunder to be really intriguing characters, but I would have liked to see a bit more of their individual personalities. It was good to see Mischief interacting with Dandalus, even though I felt there was a bit too much glossed over and the bond between them wasn’t allowed to develop in a natural way.
There were some good elements of foreshadowing in this book and some of the secondary characters were interesting. I did like the whole idea of the robots and how they were revealed… but there were a lot of things that were left by the wayside, such as the scenes leading up to the electricity being turned off.
The Creditor’s interactions with Dandalus were interesting, but I really didn’t like how things turned out with him. Wolfrun was an interesting character and I would have liked to see more of him.
There were some good action scenes in this book and some tense moments that did manage to keep me reading. I did think that some parts of the book could have been expanded upon, though, and I’m not sure I’ll be reading the other books in this series any time soon.