Alex Locke is desperately trying to hold on to the disparate threads of the complex web of time he has created. He travels to the First World War, living through the horrors of trench warfare in order to befriend a young soldier crucial to his story, then to the 1930s to uncover the secrets of a mysterious stage magician.
He moves back and forth in time, always with the strange and terrifying Dark Man on his heels, gradually getting closer to uncovering the true nature of his destiny with the obsidian heart.
©2016 Mark Morris (P)2016 Audible, Ltd
Sci-fi, fantasy, thrillers & ... five-O.
In a lot of ways this was probably the best book of the series. It felt like a very different story to The Wolves of London, as the supernatural element fell into the background and time travel became the main focus, but made for a satisfying end to the trilogy.
I think others who struggled with the 2nd book would do well to persevere with book 3. There were still some slow sections and far less action than the previous books, but the direction of the story surprised me in a good way.
I praised book 2 for handling the idea of time travel in a very classy way and not relying on lazy "time travel can fix everything" tropes. This mostly continues here (ignoring the first "plot line fixing" chapter) although at a faster pace, not staying in one place for too long.
By the time I reached the halfway point the main story line felt finished and I wondered how the book would use it's second half to wrap up the series. By the end the story is definitively finished, doing very well to answer all of the important questions and adding several revelations that I personally didn't see coming. You certainly won't view book 1 in the same away again!
Overall a satisfying conclusion to a very intriguing series - if you've started the journey I recommend you see it through.
book three, and in all honesty it was so rambling and kind of boring I doubt I would have finished it if I hadn't felt an obligation to the trilogy! none of the action or suspense of the first too, just long confusing and with an irritating amount of narration. sorry!
this has to be read in context of the last book from The Wolves of London series. however the story is strong and the author intelligent. A perfect ending.
the story drags on with nothing much happening and then when it looks like some plot is coming, all the characters are too stupid to ask the right questions. When it became apparent no one was going to work out what was going on anytime soon, I gave up listening.
The story does little but tie up the loose ends of the time travelling Alex with little extra suspense. However it was the narrator who annoyed me more. He sounded at times like he was reading a text in class with emphasis and breaks in totally the wrong places making the listener work to imagine what the author meant.
This book sat unread in my library for months. Having listened to the previous two books so long ago and so more between, I had forgotten how good they were..... not so with this one....definitely now in my top ten & one I will listen to again. You really do need to do this series of books in order otherwise you will be pretty confused and will not appreciate how clever and intertwined they are , and maybe this is why this last one is so good. It brings together and makes sense (in the time travelling sense of the word "sense") of the somewhat diverse and mad characters you meet along the way and the whole shebang suddenly starts to link up. It's great!!
Brilliantly narrated. It's a definite 5* from me ✔
I am not one to give up half way through a book, but for this one I'll make an exception. As this is the third in the trilogy and I haven't read the first two there wasn't enough plot recap for me to understand what was going on. The story is not interesting enough to stand on its own two feet, although I didn't get past the First World War episode which seemed to go on and on and on without anything happening. I had thought that the time travelling premise was intriguing, but in fact it just lead to some sloppy plotting. Other reviewers who have read the first two books say that it is it ties up a lot of the loose ends, but if you haven't read the first two, I really wouldn't bother with this one.
Having listened to the first two books of the trilogy, I really wasn't interested in this last book. If it hadn't been available on a deal, I wouldn't have bought it at all. I just didn't care what happened to Alex. Having decided to go for it anyway (to complete the trilogy if nothing else), I think my first instincts might have been correct.
Overall, I have to say I don't like the narrator. His choice of tone was, I felt, wrong in so many places and it utterly distracted from what he was saying. His range of voices seems limited and to choose some of the accents and pitches he did just seemed bizarre. If a book hasn't grabbed me enough that I'm aware of things like this, the story probably needs work.
But I also found the plot itself frustrating. Yes, many loose ends from the first books were tied up, but I couldn't get away from how contrived the whole thing felt. I get that it's difficult to do time travel well and contrived is almost guaranteed, but I really don't think this is the best example of it. Why half of Alex's actions were necessary at all still isn't clear to me.
At a more detailed level, the reactions of the characters to insane events just didn't make sense. The progression from twist to twist often didn't make sense either. And you'll figure out some of the more prestige twists yourself - they do become rather obvious.
But, I did persevere until the end. It's alright, but if you listened to the first two and aren't sure about this one, I'd suggest you could probably give it a miss.
So nice that this is a trilogy and not a longer more drawn out series. Everything wraps up satisfactorily & there are many unexpected twists & turns along the way. There is scope for more stories but from a fresh start. The only thing I don't understand is why there are airships on the cover as they aren't in the novel.
"Another great story"
Loved this series, story was top knotch. Highly recommended. Ben Onwukwe did an awesome performance.
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