Friday, March 11, 2005

REVIEW: Wither's Legacy by John Passarella

My Rating: 7 out of 10 stars

I didn't like this one as much as the first two, Wither and Wither's Rain. Whether it was because the antagonist was a monster rather than taking the form of a person or spirit entity, as Wither did in the previous novels. Or that the attack scenes were a little more gruesome than they were in the first two books... Or a combination of the two....

The story itself was interesting enough. The action was nonstop, and kept me entertained and wanting to read more, but it simply didn't endear itself to me the way the first two books in this series did. The story was well-written and progressed seamlessly from the previous novel for those who read them. However, character development was fleshed out enough that new readers to the series wouldn't really be too lost if they started with this book before reading the others (without being overly detailed for returning readers). Sure they'd be some things they didn't understand right off, but I believe Mr. Passarella wrote this book to be able to stand on its own. That said though, I wouldn't recommend this as a starter to the series since I thought the first two were much better. This being the 3rd book I've read by this author, I plan to keep my eye on his upcoming work.

PS - While I was reading Wither as part of the book club at Kelley Armstrong's site, John Passarella, invited by Kelley herself, was there to participate in the discussion. He was a very interesting man who puts a lot of thought and research into his writing.

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