Book Review: The Wraiths of War by Mark Morris
The Wraiths of War by Mark Morris
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Series Number: 3
Published: 14 October 2016
Page Count: 400
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Alex Locke is desperately trying to hold onto the disparate threads of the complex web of time he has created. He travels to the First World War, living through the horrors of trench warfare in order to befriend a young soldier crucial to his story; then to the 1930s to uncover the secrets of a mysterious stage magician. He moves back and forth in time, always with the strange and terrifying Dark Man on his heels, gradually getting closer to uncovering the true nature of his destiny with the obsidian heart.
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An unfortunately predictable end to the Obsidian Heart trilogy. I’d worked out the big twist in the first book, and the other twist in the second book. There was a third twist I didn’t expect and the book wasn’t terrible, but it kind of takes the fun out of the whole thing when you’re just flipping the pages waiting for it to get to the reveal that you know is coming. It’s like a book you’ve read before.

It felt like a big chunk of The Wraiths of War was spent stuck on one particular scene, going into massive amounts of detail.

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I’m not sure why several chapters needed to be dedicated to Alex crawling across No Man’s Land to get his heart back, most of which was the description of him crawling through the mud over and over again. While I understand how important it is/was to give tribute to the horrific conditions in the First World War, this was done before this point and later when Alex returns to the War. This part of the book just felt like filler and the zombie part? It was never ever explained.

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There were also massive inconsistencies and plot holes that never got answered, things that the author just chose to push under the carpet in hopes that all would be forgiven when the big finale comes along – for me the big finale just wasn’t worth it. In my opinion, the first two books were much more interesting.

 

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