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The Dark Volume (The Glass Books #2)

3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  1,617 Ratings  ·  174 Reviews
Gordon Dahlquist transfixed readers across the world with his dazzling literary debut, the epic Victorian tale The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters. Now the internationally bestselling author continues an adventure like no other, featuring three heroes you will never forget.

Awakening from a fevered delirium, Celeste Temple finds herself in a fishing village on the remote I
ebook, 528 pages
Published March 24th 2009 by Bantam (first published 2008)
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mark monday
Jun 12, 2012 mark monday rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: foggy-nights
apropos of nothing at all, and because no one asked, here is a list of the small number of steampunk novels i've read, in order of preference.

1. The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters... my favorite; pure pleasure from beginning to end
2. The Dark Volume
3. Leviathan... highly enjoyable - for teh children!
4. The List of Seven... fast-paced and atmospheric fun
5. and 6. Soulless and Changeless... amusing fluff. often eye-rolling and rather poorly written. i'm surprised by the accolades this series has
May 18, 2009 Alan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Patient converts
I really liked The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters, so I was naturally excited to discover, quite by chance, that Dahlquist had written a sequel. It's hard to follow up a successful debut, though, and unfortunately in many ways The Dark Volume does not measure up to its predecessor.

Oh, The Dark Volume is by no means a bad book. Dahlquist retains his gift for description and love of refined language. Indeed, the new book seems at its most alive during the characters' various dialogues; would that
Jul 03, 2009 Alana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
In finishing this book, Dorothy Parker came to mind... "This is not a novel to be tossed lightly aside. It should be thrown with great force."

The greatest joy that I experienced with this book came when I was finally finished and could set it aside. I disliked The Dark Volume so intensely that my opinion of the first book (in what is now clearly intended to be a series), The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters, was actually tainted by association.

Gordon Dahlquist, what happened? Oh wait, I know. Th
Aug 17, 2009 emily rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: folks with stomach flu, who will sympathize with the vomiting.
This is less a novel than a single extended chase scene with two main features: interchangeable characters and vomiting. There is so, so much vomiting. (Also headaches. And waxy skin. And splitting fingernails (ew). And "gummed" eyelids. What has to happen for an eyelid to become "gummed" anyway? It is clearly in some way related to decomposition, but I am insufficiently familiar with the nature of corpses to fully understand.)

I return to my point.

This is essentially an extended chase scene in w
Kira Fisher
Nov 10, 2010 Kira Fisher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: newfavorites
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Apr 20, 2009 Shelley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Shelley by: Lisa Gines
I enjoyed this book tremendously, as a continuation of one of my favorite books of all time. The pacing of the further adventures of Celeste, the Doctor and Cardinal Chang made it very hard to put down. Each section for each character had its own mini-cliffhanger to keep you wondering how they were ever going to reunite and prevail. And the big cliffhanger at the end ensures the adventure will continue! The author’s writing is extremely clever and the language he uses to describe situations and ...more
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Sep 13, 2012 Leah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On a good deal of reflection, and considering that this was the first book in the series I read (despite being the middle episode), I am floored by how good it was.

I picked it up at a secondhand book op-shop for $2, on the off chance that it was going to be enjoyable, knowing nothing about it, craving some good fantasy, and not even realising it was part of a series.

Later, reading the intro, Dahlquist assured me I could still enjoy it, despite not having read the first. In many ways, I wish I ha
May 05, 2009 Morgan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
1656680 I am so angry.

The first book is wonderful, and I couldn't wait to dig into this. But as much as I wanted to love this I just can't, why because it Dahlquist didn't do his job.

If there is any real flaw in the first book is that Dahlquist loved his characters too much, here it feels like he stopped caring about them entirely. He doesn't know what to do with them and they just wander around aimlessly. Half the book is solely dedicated to them moping. The spirit of high adventure is gone, no
Dec 22, 2008 J.A. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gordon Dahlquist’s second book The Dark Volume is accurately titled. Like the great airship that crashes on the Iron Coast at the end of the first book, it lacks the lift of its predecessor, The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters. Instead of the Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso format of The Divine Comedy Dahlquist begins with the Ascension, followed by the Descension. Will the third book be the Rescension?

Miss Temple, Cardinal Chang, and Doctor Svenson have survived their confrontation with the c
Only a short review as well....

It's sadley not quite as enjoyable as the first book The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters that really took me on a roller coaster ride with the trio's tales of daring-do! Which i highly recommened anyone slightly intrigued should read, as it's well worth the journey!

All starts well with the story/plot continuing post aftermath of the first book & then...... it kinda meanders & at the book is really only a vehicle from the success of the first outing. Ok ther
Feb 27, 2009 Blair rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd been anticipating this sequel to The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters - one of the best novels I read last year - for months, so I'm happy to report it was worth waiting for. It's a meaty, complex adventure packed with intrigue and action, possibly even more than its progenitor; if Dahlquist's debut was dark, erotic and violent, its follow-up is doubly so. On the negative side, there are perhaps too many lengthy fight scenes, way too much of the dialogue is in italics (have any literary chara ...more
Sam Grove
May 23, 2012 Sam Grove rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To say I really enjoyed this is an understatement! From the instant I finished the first in the series (The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters), I was desperate to read the next one but a copy didn't come into my bookshop for ages! As soon as I ordered one and it arrived, I jumped right into it and immediately fell in love all over again. The trio of unlikely heroes are so well described and their character flaws are so uniquely human that I feel as if I know them. Which makes it all the more sadde ...more
May 30, 2009 Abigail rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
I can honestly say I can't bring myself to finish this book. It's not from lack of trying, but there's too much going on I can't bring myself to enjoy it. I really liked "Glass Books of Dream Eaters" but this one just seems to drag. It's like the convoluted plotlines from the first book get even more twisted and confusing and it's hard to follow what is exactly going on. There's too much explination / justification of why certain things are going on rather than plot moving foward so the reader c ...more
Apr 16, 2013 Deanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Our trio of heroes carry on their madcap dash around the countryside in order to prevent the cabal from taking over the world.
For most of the book the three aren't together, each taking part in their own adventures, the story revolves through each characters story, with complicated twists and turns.
Cardinal Chang is still my favourite but I'm growing an appreciation of the Doctor and Miss Temple.
It's the mixture of murder, adventure and the fast pace which has kept me occupied, reading well into
Apr 03, 2009 Autumn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Deeply frustrating. So much mayhem and murder. So many nefarious plots, minor characters with gutteral names, train rides, and close calls. So little character development and plot. And no resolution. I wanted to enjoy it. I enjoyed Glass Books for the most part. But nothing really happens that hasn't happened before 500 pages before. And the characters are not rich enough to keep the story going.
Mar 24, 2009 Kyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book but DEAR LORD when will there be resolution?
The original Glass Books of the Dream Eaters – the first book in the series, was initially published as a single volume – not the two volumes commonly seen and reviewed here - the first with a cliffhanger ending, which I hate so much. This was the doing of the second publisher, who split the novel, obviously thinking that a 768 page novel was too much for today's ADD type audiences. Too bad, they screwed that up. Now, with the Dark Volume, what is truly the second book in the series, Dahlquist's ...more
Mar 22, 2013 Lavi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second installment of the Miss Temple/Doctor Svenson/Cardinal Chang trilogy, preceded by "The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters". I haven't reviewed said predecessor, but I will. I will simply mention that the first book is definitely better, fully deserving of 5 awesome stars. This one, sadly, received 4 stars simply because the romantic in me was all "Aww" when the fateful kiss arrived in the last bloody pages. But truly it is a mediocre 3-star book.

Sadly, this novel suffers from the
Clay Kallam
Apr 29, 2010 Clay Kallam rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-fantasy
Sure, times are hard in the book publishing industry – but is it asking too much to make it as easy as possible for those who buy books to know what they’re in for when they pull out their debit cards?

This month’s example is “The Dark Volume” (Bantam, $26, 508 pages), which is the next installment in Gordon Dahlquist’s “The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters” series. But for that $26, readers don’t get any sort of resolution, and in fact, in the grand tradition of Robert Jordan, at the end of the 5
Feb 20, 2013 Dorotea rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I definitely liked the prequel better. It was equally difficult for me to read, but at least the plot was more interesting.

The reason it was difficult is that I hate descriptions and this book is filled with them. Descriptions make me lose track of what's happening and I gain nothing or very little from reading them. And another thing - the plot is too dissipated. At least that's the feeling I got. The book is written in A Game of Thrones style (with only three points of view, though), but still
Oct 30, 2012 Wise_owl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As the 'second' book in a series it's hard to judge this work. It is true I didn't find it as rivoting as the first, and there are plenty of reasons for that. The Glass Books of the Dream-Eaters had a very ephemeral quality to it, a peering into the lives of three people and how the twisted convuleted schemes of a Cabal brought those three together in opposition as allies. This book follows the fall-out from those Allies success, or rather the Cabal's failure. It demonstrates how the mysteries o ...more
Mar 05, 2016 Rae rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 09, 2015 Mirimann rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Dieser zweite Teil scheint nahtlos an den ersten anzuknüpfen, was aber für einen Leser, der den ersten Teil nicht gelesen hat, nicht unbedingt deutlich wird. Es fängt damit an, dass sich die junge Frau Temple nach dem Luftschiffabsturz mit ihre Gefährtin Eloise in einem Fischerdorf wiederfindet. Schnellst möglichst brechen die beiden auf um Chang und den Doktor zu finden.

Vorab sollte ich vielleicht noch mal anmerken, dass ich den ersten Teil zuvor nicht gelesen habe, doch ich wollte es auch mal
Mason Jones
Well, I just finished this one last night. This continues the Victorian-style adventures of the trio of protagonists from the previous books, and sees the return of several of the evil Cabal members who were seemingly dispatched at the end of the last volume. I don't think it gives anything away to mention that a few of those presumed dead reappear through various nefarious means.

This is certainly not as strong as the previous books, let's just get that out of the way now. The mysteries uncovere
Isabel (kittiwake)
But Eloise cried out sharply, even as thin lines of tears broke forth down her cheeks. 'Who are you to know anything, Celeste Temple? You are a wilful thing who has been happily asleep these past cruel days - who has money and confident ease, who has been rescued from your brazen presumption again and again by these very men who may now be dead - or who knows where? Who I have watched over night after night, watched alone, only to have you abandon me at every adventuresome whim that pops into yo ...more
Jul 14, 2015 Tobias rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nach dem Absturz des Luftschiffes wacht Celeste Temple, von Albträumen geplagt, in einem kleinem Fischerdorf an der Küste auf. Bei ihr ist nur noch Eloise Dujong. Kardinal Chang und Doktor Svenson sind verschwunden. Als Celeste nach den beiden Männern fragt, bekommt sie nur die Antwort, dass die beiden sich schon auf den Weg in die Stadt gemacht haben. Im Dorf wird die Stimmung gegen die 2 Frauen immer misstrauischer und ablehnender, da mehrere Bewohner ermordet wurden. Celeste und Eloise machen ...more
Jan 01, 2011 Josiah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Being a sequel, you really cannot discuss this book without mentioning its predecessor: The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters, in which the reader is introduced to an entire world. There is a fictionalized late 19th century England, with a pseudo Prussian empire, ersatz European political intrigue, and a novel quasi-scientific system of alchemy which functions in the books essentially as magic. So with all this going on, and with some really excellent settings (one character more or less lives in ...more
Sep 01, 2010 Hollowspine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book, not quite as much as the first, but still well enough that I was disappointed when I turned the final page and found myself left again at a cliff hanger! I thought that this book would be the end, but apparently I must wait for another book! Like the first book this one was suspenseful and full of intrigue. However, it was less of a mystery than the first book, but some interesting elements of the blue glass are revealed throughout the book.

Although I usually don't like brok
Feb 16, 2009 Kristina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: steampunk
Unfortunately, I found parts of this to be tedious (especially the stuff in the fishing village/Karthe) so it took me a little while to really get into it. There are lots of characters, some of which I kept getting mixed up with others, and that made things confusing at times. I found plot itself to be maybe a little thin, with some unneccessary padding. But I still like the overall weirdness of the premise, as well as the main characters, a whole lot, so I stuck with it. As with "The Glass Book ...more
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Gordon Dahlquist, also credited as G.W. Dahlquist, is a novelist and a playwright.
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