Four years ago, Caulborn agent Vincent Corinthos stopped a hellish ritual intended to transform Ulysses Pendleton into a creature of utter darkness. With Pendleton safely imprisoned in Ashgate Penitentiary, Vincent and the rest of the Caulborn figured the world was a little bit safer.
Until now. A catastrophic failure with the prison's security systems sends Vincent and the rest of the Caulborn into Ashgate to try and prevent the inmates from escaping. They secure all but one. Pendleton.
Now, Vincent's in a race against the clock to find Pendleton before he can finish the job he started four years ago, and smother Boston in shadows.
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I didn't even hesitate when I was offered to review this book. The series has been a lot of fun to listen to. It combines a lot of my interests. Most of all is mythology, Mr. Olivo takes deities from several different mythos, mainly Greek, and works them into the present day. Being that I am a gigantic nerd and I share a love for many of the same things that the author references and writes about throughout, I knew I would be listening to this latest installment. This review may contain minor spoilers to the previous two novels.
Much like the previous installment, this novel take place very shortly after the last one; Megan is in the hospital and Herb is in a coma. On his way to help the necromancer with some of his newfound abilities, thanks to the kobolds that started worshiping him, Vinny is attacked by a teleporting paranormal. After the tough fight the Caulborn are alerted to an escape attempt at Ashgate penitentiary. They succeed in stopping all escapees save one, Ulysses Pendleton. A maniacal man who brings the mind of The Joker to the powerful and terrifying powers of Nightwielder from Brandon Sanderson's Reckoners series. Now Vincent, Gearstripper, and the other Caulborn must find a way to stop Pendleton before he can carryout his benevolent plan.
This was a big step up from book two when it comes to plot and writing skill. All of the characters are given there own time to develop, which is a huge deal for me as a good character may very well save a story and will make a story. I was a little disappointed in the fact that there was almost no time for Megan, instead the author focuses on Kristen, a sort of mentor figure for Vincent. Another notable absence is one of my favorites characters in the series, Petra, who is barely even mentioned. I'm not concerned though, they'll be back in the next round I'm sure. Besides, Pendleton is crazy, powerful, intelligent, and a devil I delighted in hating.
Ian McEuen did another great job with this one; great production and narration. McEuen's voicing of Pendleton was fantastic, complete with a maniacal laugh and venom in his voice. As usual his other performances were as good as ever. He uses all unique and distinguishable voices, and has a great knack for adding nuances to each character.
This series has been fun and exciting since the start. This book was action packed from the beginning, and the development of the characters is amazing. There was another cliffhanger ending but I've grown used to them and know I will be getting the next installment anyway. Check out this series, it gets better with each book.
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Vincent Corinthos is getting better with handling his powers. He is maturing well. His colleagues and allies are supportive of him and with growing powers he is able to destroy, Pendleton , the shadow master.
All in all a very good continuation of the series. I hope book 3 will be published soon. Ian McEuen was very good and his nuances and voices for the different character were excellent.
the storyline is creative, the magic system is great, the charchters are coming along nicely, all in all, I am enjoying the series. The only complaints I really have is the inconsistency of the narrator, he does an adequate job with the main characters, but he really shines with everyone else, I am waiting to see him grow out of this as the series progresses and he gains more confidence. The only other thing I feel compelled to mention, since this is an audiobook review, is the length of the novel, they have all been shorter than I was hoping and this one definitely came up short imho.
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First, read book 1. You will not get a summary of book 1, thank god. I do not like my listening time, or credit, taken up with a summary of the pervious book. Promise is not as good as book 1. It is good enough that if you have a junky jones for the characters in the Caulborn series you will find it entertaining. Vincent Corinthos a demi-god who works to keep us mere mortals safe from the assorted characters in the paranormal world.
This books pick up from Vincent’s dilemma to keep his partner, Meg safe. In the heat of a battle, Vincent made a slip of the tongue and he said that he would keep Meg safe. That entails for him to keep her safe forever. Vincent does not keep his promise, Orcus, the god of oaths, can give him a trip to hell.
The problem is their job at as agents of Caulborn, a sort of paranormal bureau of investigation, deals with, vampires, golems, dragons and other paranormal characters is inherent with danger. ***spoiler*** Ironically when an organization, The Keepers, is hired to keep Meg safe does a cost benefit analysis, they decided the best way to do that is to put her in stasis.
OK the premise of the book is a little lame. All Vincent has to do is explain Meg about the situation and problem is over. Instead we get over eight hours of craziness. Vincent is not using any of his investigative abilities and is really running around like a chicken with his head cut off. But I did really miss Gearstripper, the mechanical genius gremlin and his girlfriend, girlfriend Petra -- daughter of Aphrodite and made of living stone and Vincent’s followers. Meg has a love interest and their courting is very sweet. Yep, I did use that word. Put two intelligent geeks together with a sense of propriety, and their dating is sweet.
Even though the plot is not the greatest, Vincent does acquire new powers. Is it worth buying this book. Probably not? I say that because, it is a big change in what he will be able to do and will be included in the next book. But if you’re like me and like to know all the background in stories, then buy the book
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