3 out of 4 stars
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It all starts on a prison deep under the earth. Someone is being lashed. But are we reading through the eyes of the one delivering the lashes or the one receiving them? We know something terrible has happened, but not what. The author makes us want to discover what is going on since the first line. That's something remarkable about Lincoln Cole's Ravens Peak. The insides of the Reverend are a turmoil: he's lifeless but he feels. And then nothingness.
Fast forward six months and we are seeing through the eyes of a young man that we've not heard of before. At some point there's a "But honestly, how hard could it be?". We all know that when this is said, something really bad is about to happen. We have two main characters, innocent Haatim and fierce Abigail, from two complete different backgrounds. Having just met, they have each other's backs, even if sometimes one of them seems not to care enough.
Being a book about the supernatural and considering what's out there about this theme, I find this book quite interesting. It clearly compels you to read the previous book, The Ninth Circle, that introduces The Reverend's background, and the following books of this series. The story is fast paced, with lots of action in almost every chapter, and leaves open questions that you just have to see answered. The author also makes a very good job at making you like the charaters of the book. You just want to know more about them and see what they are going to do next, how they are going to react to what's comming.
I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. I really liked to read this story and am going to read every book of the series, but the story is somewhat predictable. You know more or less what's going to happen before it happens. If the element of surprise was present in here, this book would be truly amazing. Besides that, there are some sentences that do not make complete sense and I had to read them three or four times to be sure of what the author meant.
Nevertheless, I truly reccommend this book to fans of this genre and also of fast paced books. As I've said, the characters have very interesting back stories and the author really makes you want to know more. This book is a kind of introduction to, what I hope, will be the development of the main story on the second book. The characters and their world are introduced to us, along with the prelude to an enormous disaster that seems to happen. We just see a portion of what is behind the veil. The last few sentences of the book were well chosen - if you want to know more, you really need the second book.
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