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2.0 out of 5 starsSad disappointment
Reviewed in the United States on June 1, 2020
A long wait followed by sad disappointment. MC has limited direction with minimal character development. Especially after a strong storyline and strong characters in the first book.
The first book was wonderful. Skipped a lot of the Hell games stuff it added nothing stroywise, and I feel we went nowhere with the whole book. Daniel didnt accomplish anything and he didn't power up. I feel like a Mc-Guffin is coming in the last book which will just disregard all of this books plot.
1.0 out of 5 starsSo word words words book two ends where book 1 ended
Reviewed in the United States on June 1, 2020
Common problem with such long wait between books that it’s truly hard to deliver. That being said this is a train wreck. Was this the same story? Was this just throwing darts at a board and trying to pull a new story out? Was this book even needed?
I see a bunch a reviews saying this was well worth the wait? The main bad guys take a Vacation this whole book they are not gone just on a lunch break?
MC doesn't evolve at all, one of the plot twist bad guys from book one is now just a innocent victim of his life and all his crimes actually were acts of Heroism he was just trying to be a vigilante?
5.0 out of 5 stars4.5 stars - Solid continuation of the series
Reviewed in the United States on June 2, 2020
After years of waiting, Prisoner picks up right where Contractor left off. And it definitely lives up to the wait! I really enjoyed this one and I'll be patiently waiting for the next. However, I did have a few minor gripes:
(minor spoilers ahead)
- Coming in at a whopping 850+ pages, I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of story we'd get to chew on after all this time.
- After realizing the first time that a chapter was from Eleanor's perspective, I was a little concerned. I thought I'd have to slog through to get back to the interesting Daniel stuff. Boy was I wrong! Eleanor's chapters actually ended up being some of my favorite. Of everyone, she undergoes the most development in this book. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed the predicament she winds up in and I'm excited to see how her rag-tag Guardians-of-the-Galaxy-esque team will work out.
- We got LOADS of new characters this time around and a huge expansion of the world building along with them! Everyone who's anyone has a plan and they're all starting to come to fruition around Daniel.
- I was worried after the end of book 1 that we'd see a book 2 where Daniel just doesn't get to use his powers, which would be an especially big bummer after the huge boost he got at the end of 1. Turns out I didn't need to be worried--when Daniel fights, he gets percentages of his power back at a time, forcing him to think outside the box and test his power in a ways he hadn't before. Not to mention that when things really start to hit the fan, we do finally get the all out 100% brawl that we've been waiting for.
- While it's true that anyone who's anyone in this book has a plan (and they all seem to revolve around Daniel), our main characters don't really have anything. It felt like our 3 main characters (Daniel/Eleanor/Jack) spend the book reacting to circumstances around them and getting pushed in the direction others are taking them. In book 1, we saw Daniel forging himself into a strong Contractor (both physically and mentally) and making decisions he eventually feels the backlash of. But here, it feels more like he's playing by others' rules the whole time. Given his position at the end of the book, it'll be interesting to see if he does start to make his own path again in the next installment.
- There is a lot of exposition in this book. Granted the world has gotten a lot bigger here and there are a ton of new concepts, species and powers in hell. But it did feel like the pacing of the book was bogged down quite a big by sudden long explanations to Daniel, sometimes in the middle of a big challenge.
I'm still at the 65% mark in the book, but it's far enough to give my opinion on it I think. It's okay. Definitely worth reading but absolutely not as good as book 1. IMO there was too much filler, which just drove me to skimming through some of the book. I'm sorry, but Eleanor is just not interesting to me. I skimmed through her parts. Read enough to get the jist of it and moved on. Likewise, Jake and Daniel's 'relationship' started to make me feel weird. Again, for me, Jack isn't all that interesting to read about. You already know his personality from book one and it didn't get any better in book 2. Again, just my opinion. And further, the Ivory Dawn still can't except contractors of any kind and hate them to their cores. It's a little silly how the contractors we read about have no beef with the Dawn, but boy do the Dawn hate them regardless of how much they need them, or even how often one of them save people, the Dawn included. I'll finish the book for sure, but yeah, book one was better. I think a lot of people will have a negative reaction to how Hell is portrayed in the book, as well as some of our own past villains were described.
4.0 out of 5 starsOk, however... **Very very minor Spoilers**
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 1, 2020
I have been looking forward to this novel for years after devouring the first novel. There is no doubt that the Author is an excellent writer, this new novel is smooth and imaginative with a diverse cast, each with their own circumstances and motivations that are brilliantly woven together.
The side characters and their particular pov chapters are excellent in moving the story along and giving a wider view of world. Genuinely fantastic.
However... The MC storyline might as well not have been there. He achieves very little throughout the course of the book in both character development and story arc. Ending the first novel after his trust has been broken, he then seems to proceed to ignore his learned lack of trust in people. The only exception to his lack of development being some small elements in his abilities, which are mostly unexplored. In my opinion I'm somewhat disappointed that the character doesn't particularly develop from the end of the first book and his arc mostly meaningless.
Having said that, you absolutely should buy this book, I'm comparing it to the first one which is possibly my favourite book of all time. I very much enjoyed the novel and its wider explanations of the world. Plus I will still be purchasing the audiobook when it comes out.
5.0 out of 5 starsA worthy sequel well worth the wait
Reviewed in Australia on June 2, 2020
If you're into strong character development with some lovely payoffs, then this is for you. A smart likeable main character drives the plot forward as a whole host of growing challenges and conflicts are slammed into him. The cast of other characters, each with their own motivations and goals gives a great sense of both the world of the story, and the stakes at hand.
Could not put the book down, already keen for the sequel. Good to see solid character development and the scheming and plotting and intrigue kept me guessing the whole way through. Can't wait to see more from this author.