Ebook, 222 pages
Sci-Fi/ Time Travel
By: Mark Lawrence
One Word Kill ★★★ 3/4
Limited Wish ★★★★
“Hope,’ said Demus, ‘is an essential tool in any torturer’s kit bag. Hope is the thing that we will torture ourselves with after he’s knocked off and gone home for the night.”
🌟 I have been exposed to more D&D since I read book 1 and I am more familiar with it now. Growing up D&D was never a thing where I lived but the beauty in this book is that it is still a great one even if you don’t know much about it.
🌟 The writing is great! I actually can’t wait to finish this series and then jump into Mark’s other series. I am a sucker for a good sci-fi story because there is just a different sort of satisfaction when you understand the nerdy details! This books made me feel equally smart and dumb if that makes sense. I feel dumb because I have never thought of those things but I feel smart when I understand them. I like to pause on the technicalities in the book and think about them but even if I did not do that (I am pretty sure some readers don’t want to) it is still a satisfying read. I did not understand everything but at least I understood all the main and bold outlines! The writing just tells me that Mark is an expert on the subjects he is writing, whether that is physics and time-travel or even the general atmosphere in a hospital! I am pretty sure this quote stems from the author’s personal experience with hospitals:
“I glanced around. I’d spent more time than I wanted to on hospital wards, and the main thing about them is that they are boring as hell. A good book helps,”
🌟 There are new characters in this one but also most of the characters from book 1 are still here. It still amazes me how much was packed into those 220 pages, from story-telling to character-development to world-building. I know there are similarities to book 1 since it is still a time-travel story and there are bound to be some… well, you guessed it… Time travel! But the addition of the paradox was refreshing!
“we humans care about what is, about what’s in front of us. Untouchable realities are too academic. If a man is starving to death on our street we empty the larder to feed him. Move him to a country a thousand miles away and our compassion shrinks a hundredfold. Move a child to another universe and we cease to care.”
🌟 Summary: I enjoyed book 2 even more than I did with book 1, I enjoyed the characters, world-building and plot. I don’t have much to criticize to be honest. I think it is a very smart (I mean Lady Gaga reference!) book!!