Monday, 25 August 2014

Review: The City of Worms (Everville #2) by Roy Huff

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17968674-the-city-of-worms?from_search=trueGoodreads Synopsis:
College freshman Owen Sage has just started to understand the darkness trying to overtake Everville and the earthly realm. With the help of The Keeper and the Fron army, Owen has managed to buy some time, but new problems have already emerged, new secrets need to be revealed, and the race against time to stop Them from conquering both dimensions has only just begun. The Keeper, Owen Sage, and his friends at Easton Falls University must now battle threats from within. To do it, they must reunite with familiar creatures and join forces with new ones as they navigate their journey to the truth that awaits them in Everville.


Review:
***I received the eBook free as a review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review***

I’m still under the impression that this series has a lot of potential, but once again I don’t think it met it quite yet.

This book while still focused around Owen, spent a lot of time doing character as well as world development elsewhere. New characters were introduced left right and centre, and I’d only just got a feel for Owen and his friends so it didn’t work for me.

Huff’s writing has always been filled with long and detailed descriptions, this book was no exception, and although it made sure you knew exactly what was going on and where, it made me feel more detached than it has previously and I felt a lot more like a bystander to the story than living it.

Something that I’d consider an impressive feat, was how even with these descriptions he was able to weave a lesson into the story. It’s subtle but the way it comes into play in the plot also makes it powerful. Owen has to make some important choices in this book that can shape a lot more than just his life at that moment, so to teach the importance of all decisions and their outcomes whether they affect only that day or the rest of their lives and who they become is a great thing.
Favourite Quotes:
“The battles that we fight are not against the greater evil or the greater good that exists in the multiverse; those battles have already been decided, like the rise and fall of tides in a great ocean. The real battles are the ones we fight from within. The real battles are the choices we make every day and what we learn from those choices.”

“Despite the great losses that we suffered, it is necessary that we remember what is important, why we move on, and why we live. The goodness that is in each of us, the friends and family that we hold dear, and the love that we have for each other makes all the suffering in the world worth the pain.”

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