Second in the Tales of the Duskwalker series.
The lone gunman Three is gone. Wren is the new governor of the devastated settlement of Morningside, but there is turmoil in the city. When his life is put in danger, Wren is forced to flee Morningside until he and his retinue can determine who can be trusted.
They arrive at a border outpost to find it has been infested with Weir in greater numbers than anyone has ever seen. These lost, dangerous creatures are harbouring a terrible secret - one that will have consequences not just for Wren and his comrades but for the future of what remains of the world. New threats need new heroes....
©2014 Jay Posey (P)2015 Audible, Ltd
“Gritty action-packed drama so hi-res and real you’ll believe you got something in your eye.” (Matt Forbeck, author of Amortals and Dangerous Games)
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"Not as good as "Three" but I liked it."
Worth the time and the credit. Well written and the narrator is top notch!! Wish there was a replacement protagonist/hero for Three but by committee seemed to work for this book. I'm glad I listened to it. Can't wait for the third book!!
"solid all around. I can't wait until the next one!"
was an awesome book and the narrator was absolutely awesome! Jay Posey and Luke Daniels rock!
"The characters hold this book together"
I am OCD about reading books in order….so I picked up Three to listen to first before starting this Morningside Fall, and I’m still reeling a bit from it, Three was an awesome listen……This second installment….not sure if it because I started it right after the first book and the loss of Three is still so fresh in my mind…but story wise this book was just not as good as the first one. While I really liked Wren in the first book, in this one he was just okay….maybe it is the whole second book syndrome that so many series have……The story seemed to drag quite a bit but did pick up towards the last couple of hours. The characters of Morningside Fall are really what bring this book together and keep you reading/listening…..the world building is great and we find out more about the threat of the Weir….there is not much more I can say without getting spoilery. The story was not bad,it just did not have that “something” that the first book had that had me at the edge of my seat waiting to find out what happened next I’m taking a short break from this so I don’t burn out and will then be jumping into the third book.
As always, Luke Daniels did an amazing job on the narration….he is one of my favorite narrators (in the top 5 for favorite male narrators) and the reason I wanted to try this series…..so narration on this is a solid 5 stars.
So go and listen….while not as great as the first book, it is still good and the narration is fabulous…
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"When blue-eyed demons swarm"
First, if you haven't listened to Book 1, "3", you may want to consider doing that first since there are a number of back-references to "3" in Book 2 that won't make a lot of sense otherwise. You'll not regret the time taken to read it first since it is an excellent book also.
While "Morningside Fall" is a continuation of the "3", it doesn't suffer the let-down of sameness that often occurs in such series continuations. First, the author takes great effort to create new and different characters, many having unique and interesting back stories. The adventure itself has a vague feel of Bilbo's "There and Back Again" to it, however, it plays out in ways very different and more chilling during the trek. Also, the bodyguard characters turn out to be more like a finely trained military squad and the writing for their battle involvements is on par with some of the best military SciFi novels I've read.
Note: One area that I found uninteresting was the whole section involving the the High Council. I felt not enough time was spent on the members to make them very interesting nor very frightening. It came off more like a literary device used to prevent Wren's access to the machine.
Oh, and btw, don't even think about messing with Gamble!
All-in-all, a most delightful book.
"not as good a read as Three"
drags some, some surprise twists various readers would put life into the story instead of one trying to change his voice.
"Lack of a strong lead character. ."
Luke Daniels performance was excellent as always.
I could not identify with any of the characters
Especially the boy.
I enjoyed the opening with the blind man but he did not reappear until the ending.
"Entertaining but plotless"
Not likrly. There really isn't anything to go back for.
It was entertaining mostly but I am not quite sure why. The action was fun to listen to and the obstacles built up proper tension but. But the story itself could probably be summed up in a few sentences. I guess because there wasn't a gradual unraveling of the story it was just four general plot threads in the entire book, they were brought up rarely and instead of the threads being slowly unraveled.each got a couple mentions, generally just long enough for the questions to be asked, then the questions got answered later. Instead the book focused mainly on traveling but not for setting exploration, the distances they went were very short. Instead the vast majority of the book was built around the core characters and their relationships with each other, and how their relationships were changing. So by the end of the book I felt I knew all the core characters very well. Which isn't good or bad, just not very engrossing but it managed to be somewhat entertaining nonetheless.
Darkest before [the] Dawn
I liked the addition of the security team and the awaken. This added some amazing characters and new heroes.
The flee and the drama that followed.
I wished through this book Wren would start to find his strength. Jay kept him a weeping child for way to long...but he IS a child and so it was perfect writing. We always want the main character to be a hero and forget not all will be...at least not yet.
Easy to understand and keep moving forward with reputation to help remember the story before. I hate complicated books that you need a map, directions, ingredients list, and legend just to make it through the first chapter.
"Does well but..."
I believe the book reads well but seems to be missing something? i think the it could use a protagonist like Mr.Three again but hopefully the 3rd installment picks it up a bit.
"Love this series"
The first book took me a while to get into, but once I was in oh boy was I in. Downloading book three now. Can't wait to see what happens.
"Life after Three?"
I didn't think there could be - for me, he was the foundations upon which the first book was built, but Wren and Cass truly came into their own in this sequel.
The author clearly has learnt from the game of thrones formula - build up a few characters throughout the story, kill a couple of your favorites along the way and tease you about the fate of the rest, goading you into buying the next in the series.
"Couldn't stop listening to it
I miss 3 but the characters in it are so well done I found myself really enjoying the book and have the next one ready to go!
I have thoroughly enjoyed the first two books in this trilogy. Gripping story, full of suspense and great characters. Just about to start the third one in the morning on my long car journey to work.
love the continuation off first story . told very well by luke he is great at changing voices for each character and putting feeling into the story.
feel sad that next one is the last story but agwin cant wait for it.
LOVE LOVE LOVE THESE BOOKS strong charecters be livable characters and fantastic story
good book, great characters unexpected consequences! really well read I enjoyed it greatly and will now listen to next!
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