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The Dark Volume by Gordon Dahlquist
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Aug 07, 14

bookshelves: fantasy, historical, 2000-09-release
Read in March, 2009

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 characters ever emphasised their words so often?), and I imagine the plot would be near-indecipherable to anyone who hasn't read Glass Books. It's also more difficult to get into - the opening chapter is exciting, but it doesn't even come close to matching the gripping immediacy of its predecessor's. However, once I had become absorbed in the story, I didn't want to put the book down and couldn't stop thinking about it. One to lose yourself in.
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