“They brought in their leader. They thought they could defeat us. They thought they had won. They were wrong.
We have finally come together. We will be more powerful than ever. We have lost battles. We will not lose this war.
Lorien will rise again.”
What do you do when the title of the book you’re reading is a giant spoiler? You choose to ignore the fact that you know where the story is going, that’s what. And then, you just enjoy the ride.
At least, that’s what I did when I read The Fall of Five.
In the latest release from the Lorien Legacies series, we finally meet all of the Gardes. And we get a new Cepan in the form of… well, that’s a spoiler I think I can hold off on. Because unlike the first two books of the series, the fourth book holds up well in terms of quality. And I really would want for you to read it. And be surprised by it.
Well, be surprised if you haven’t read any of the novellas. Which you can live without anyway. They’re supplementary reading at best.
But this is not about that. This is about The Fall of Five, and the writer’s (or writers’?) amazing ability to give a different voice for each one of the ten characters. Eleven if you count the cameos of… Oh, wait. That’s a spoiler too.
What isn’t a spoiler though is the bad-ass action sequences we get in the book. Seriously. Action sequences that take you into the heat of the battle. In a book. Who needs 3D when you can be right in the middle of the action? Oh, wait, you need an active imagination to do that. Fortunately, it’s not prerequisite for The Fall of Five. The descriptions, the whole lot of them, paint very vivid pictures. That move.
If there’s one thing you can really sell about The Fall of Five is that it never wants in the description department. But it doesn’t go overboard with it too–which is great. Come to think of it, this series is basically a script for a movie that’s just waiting to be made.
There are a bunch of lessons about confidence, team work, and treating people right–but they take on the after-school special approach, and they’re not really mind-blowingly original. But they’re there, and they don’t detract from the overall experience. Adds to it, maybe.
The only thing I don’t like is the fact that we have to wait for the next book. I want it now.
I can’t believe that, after being ambivalent about the first two books, I’m actually looking forward now to when the next book’s going to drop. Excited even. This further cements my learning that you never should judge a series by its first book.
And seeing as I completely lost it, not really saying anything much of import, I’ll turn you over to other book blogs who’ve already written their piece on The Fall of Five. Enjoy!