4 out of 4 stars
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The King of May is the second installment of The Turn series by Matthew Tysz. This is a post-apocalypse series. This book comprises of 216 pages. You encounter several characters in this book. Some of which include a king, a princess, and an old man. Among many other characters. And you have all the favorites from the first novel making a return, Scholar, Ashley, and Cattleprod. This novel starts off a month after the previous events of the first novel. In this novel, it is like a war between the so-called Gods. These Gods are people who possess extraordinary power. They acquired this power after the beast that triggered the apocalypse was executed. They all want to be the most powerful and try to fight for their spot at the top.
The difference between this book and the first book of the series is noticeable. This book obviously went quickly as it was about 100 pages shorter. If you read the first book, then you already recall the leading characters pretty well. Therefore, the author didn't have to go into as much description as he did in the first. This book is more action-packed, and quite thrilling compared to the first novel.
There are a few things I appreciated about this book. The first is the descriptions. I outlined in my review of the first book, that this author is genuinely talented at writing descriptions. This continued into this book as well. They are all extraordinarily vivid and lifelike. One example is on page 20, "The King of May ran his hand across the overflowing mass of flesh beneath his chin..." You can clearly picture the characters and all their disgusting (or flawless) features.
Creating a world different than our normal idea of a world takes some talent. Matthew is able to do this almost flawlessly. An example of his ability to create worlds is King May's people. Everything they do, from work to cleaning has to be done in dance. Which is definitely an interesting way for a country to live life. Matthew's imagination is practically on another level.
"All messengers of the King of May were required to dance when speaking to him in person." Page 19.
Carefully taking everything into consideration, I present this excellent book a rating of four out of four stars. The writing was clear. I had no trouble while reading it. I did not come across any visible grammar or editing mistakes, it appears flawless. There was nothing that I disliked about this book. The illustrated cover was eye-catching. I enthusiastically recommend this to a modern audience of 15 and over, including those who like post-apocalypse novels. I whole heartily recommend you go and read the first book in this series before coming to this one. As it will give you a substantial basis of the distinctive characters and historic events. There are some dreary aspects so of course, before you read this series, make sure you are sufficiently prepared.
The King of May
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