Thursday, April 18, 2013

A to Z Challenge 2013 ~ P ~ Peregrin by A. Sparrow

By: A. Sparrow

Frank Bowen braves three portals and a parallel world at war to find the wife he lost years ago in Belize, but the reunion inexplicably bombs. The Liz he finds is much evolved from the woman he married. Can Frank rekindle what they once shared, survive the coming purge and convince her to return with him to the land of their birth?

My Review:

Peregrin is the sequel to Xenolith.  I haven’t read Xenolith so I went into this one not knowing what to expect.  There were things I liked about the book that would lead me to believe I would like the first book, however there were things about it that I didn’t like as well.   There are parts of the book that I think I would have enjoyed more if I had read the first one.

To begin with I liked the characters.  There didn’t seem to be any one main character as the story itself was told from multiple perspectives.  The characters are interesting.  However I felt that I was missing parts of their back story that would have helped to explain their actions.  These items were probably more fleshed out in the first book, so I don’t want to hold that against the book in reviewing it.
Also the story and the world that the author have created are very intriguing.  But again, there are parts that just seem to be missing that probably have more to do with the fact that I didn’t read them in order.
I think my biggest issue with the book has nothing to do with it not being a standalone novel.  It came at the beginning and it has nothing to do with the order of the books.  In the beginning the author jumps from the present to the past and then back to parts in the present, then leads up to a point in time were all the stories and characters converge.  I really didn’t like the way it jumped around.  By the end it made sense, but in the beginning it was just confusing.
  Would I read the first book?  Possibly.  I would like to discover how the characters ultimately came to be where and who they are.  I would also like to find out more of the details of the world and how it connects to ours. 
Overall would I recommend it?  Yes, but I would say to definitely pick up the first book.  The characters and story are solid and well written.  But again the book is not a standalone novel and I kept wishing that I knew what had happened before the current events in the story.   Maybe then some of the actions taken by the characters at the end of the book would make more sense.  

This post is part of the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge 2013.

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