16 junio 2016

The City of Worms, Roy Huf

Hello guys! Reviews' day!
¡Hola chicos! ¡Día de reseñas!
I've been reading since some time ago a low fantasy series with epic touches and had to talk about it. You know it's the Everville saga, by Roy Huff, but this time the review is on the second book: The City of Worms. Hope you like it!
Hace tiempo que vengo leyendo una saga de baja fantasía con toques épicos y tenía que hablar de ella. Ya saben que es la saga Everville, de Roy Huff, pero esta vez la reseña es sobre el segundo libro: The City of Worms. ¡Espero les guste!

Read the original here.
Lean el original aquí.

I don't know what happens or why, but every time I try to read a book of this series something gets in between, so many things happen at the same time I have to pause reading several times and I find it endless.
This particular book could have been much better than the first for many reasons, and although it was not the case, it's quite entertaining, easy, quick read (if nothing interrupt us,) and with a much more exploited and explored fantasy that in the first.
I still have some problems with Roy's technical writing style, as descriptive and as scientific books, there comes a moment when you feel confused or it becomes a heavy reading. However, after several pages, you end up getting used to it and even begin to like it.
The story keeps you reading without stopping, wanting to find out what happens next, and, with interruptions, I realized that it doesn't take long remain in the book to find out what happens, the worsth it can happen is to need to re-read some pages, but nothing serious about this.
I wuld give it four stars with no trouble if it wasn't for the scene between Cleophas and Jacob. I really hate when villains do what he did in the end, completely killing all the excitement that had been built in such a short time. It's one of the very few cons I can remember.
The battles are not the forte of this book, they are somewhat slow, but it's by pure personal taste, because the cuts between scenes, alternating between what happened in one place and the other, they tok me out of place very drastically.
The fantasy is more present in The City of Worms, that's something I cannot question and seems like the best decision to me. The theme of the dragons, the search for the element, different races and places add a magical touch to the whole story. It's like reading those old TV shows or stories full of kings and dragons, but with twists everywhere.
The theme of the second pillar seemed somewhat weak, inconsistent, and a mystery to solve in the next book. It's not completelly explained what's wrong with this pillar or why Owen sees it as he sees it, but it's a well applied strategy to keep the reader interested somehow.
The characters Roy presented us in The First Pillar have matured much more, are more human, you start to feel what they feel, what's going on in their heads and become closer to the reader.
Particularly Anika and Owen are better defined, as the character of each is seens very clear in situations they are involved in, and I have the same hopes of Zee, Dante and Jacob, all promising characters.
The Keeper hasn't changed that much, he's almost the same character we met before, one riddled with clichés but that brings a touch of epic fantasy to the story all by himself from the start.
As with the pillar, the issue with the villains is something flat, a little old in the approach, and as is usual, something happens at the end that shakes everything we'd seen so far and makes us see things are not as simple as the look like.
In short: Simple, fun, entertaining and very creative!
3.5 stars out of 5

What do you think? Have you read it? Tell me in the comments!
¿Qué piensan? ¿Lo ha leído? ¡Díganme en los comentarios!

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