Matthew Rettino's Reviews > Uncharted: The Fourth Labyrinth
Uncharted: The Fourth Labyrinth
Matthew Rettino's review
Jan 23, 2018
I didn't feel that this novel captured the same joy and pleasure as the video game, but then again, is it really possible for any novel to do that at all? I would have found it more rewarding to read a novelization that used the storytelling strategies that made Uncharted 2: Among Thieves such an effective and memorable game. The Fourth Labyrinth consists of a murder mystery, as a past acquaintance of Sully winds up dead. Drake helps out his mentor to find the killer and becomes embroiled in a mystery involving four labyrinths built by Daedalus, whom the author treats as a kind of an ancient conman. Unfortunately, this results in the fact that Drake is not the self-motivated protagonist from Among Thieves. It's more Sully's story, in truth, or the story of Sully's niece, whose father was killed and who strikes up a (platonic) relationship with Drake. The story could have still happened without Drake in it, which to be felt disappointing. Despite this, there were amusing and suspenseful moments, despite the author somewhat skipping out on the setting details that made the video game settings Shambhala, El Dorado, and the City of Brass feel so immersive and three-dimensional.
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January 23, 2018 – Shelved