**** Who killed Edward Kitchener?
The second book in the Greg Mandel Trilogy is in some ways a proper mystery. All the elements are there: one dead, a secluded place, a small number of possible culprits, many of which would have a good reason to kill him, and apparently no one of them did it. To figure out who the murderer is, you must choose the least likely, but can in no way imagine what lies beneath. The sci-fi element is what makes the magic, leaving you speechless.
As always in
’s books the characters are
believable and tridimensional, and even likeable. His elegant prose involves
you, transporting you inside their mind and showing the reality through their
The novel, however, does not stand comparison with the first. Once the surprise after discovering and understanding Mandel’s abilities, given to him by his gland, is over, the author had to create a new story unrelated to the previous one, so that the novel could be a standalone. This is made possible by the numerous recaps on past events and the historical and political situation, which on the one hand slow down the book and the other bore the reader who had already endured all those explanations in “Mindstar Rising”. I understand the need to put them, but not to make them so long.
Even if the intricate case treated in this novel is completely new, I found too many similar elements to the previous book that caused me a sense of déjà-vu. There are too many descriptions. In the first book they were essential, because the reader was experiencing a new world. In the second they become annoying. In general, with the exception of the last part, which has an excellent pace, the book shows a very slow action (relatively few things happen for a book of 376 pages written in small print) and at the same time is not always able to keep the reader interested with new and original elements.
However, the last chapter is very nice and improved my judgment on the book.
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