Alex Locke is desperately trying to hold on to 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.
Loved this series, story was top knotch. Highly recommended. Ben Onwukwe did an awesome performance.
In a lot of ways this was probably the best book of the series. It felt like a very different story to The Wolves of London, as the supernatural element fell into the background and time travel became the main focus, but made for a satisfying end to the trilogy.
I think others who struggled with the 2nd book would do well to persevere with book 3. There were still some slow sections and far less action than the previous books, but the direction of the story surprised me in a good way.
I praised book 2 for handling the idea of time travel in a very classy way and not relying on lazy "time travel can fix everything" tropes. This mostly continues here (ignoring the first "plot line fixing" chapter) although at a faster pace, not staying in one place for too long.
By the time I reached the halfway point the main story line felt finished and I wondered how the book would use it's second half to wrap up the series. By the end the story is definitively finished, doing very well to answer all of the important questions and adding several revelations that I personally didn't see coming. You certainly won't view book 1 in the same away again!
Overall a satisfying conclusion to a very intriguing series - if you've started the journey I recommend you see it through.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
book three, and in all honesty it was so rambling and kind of boring I doubt I would have finished it if I hadn't felt an obligation to the trilogy! none of the action or suspense of the first too, just long confusing and with an irritating amount of narration. sorry!
10 of 11 people found this review helpful
this has to be read in context of the last book from The Wolves of London series. however the story is strong and the author intelligent. A perfect ending.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
the story drags on with nothing much happening and then when it looks like some plot is coming, all the characters are too stupid to ask the right questions. When it became apparent no one was going to work out what was going on anytime soon, I gave up listening.
11 of 13 people found this review helpful
The story does little but tie up the loose ends of the time travelling Alex with little extra suspense. However it was the narrator who annoyed me more. He sounded at times like he was reading a text in class with emphasis and breaks in totally the wrong places making the listener work to imagine what the author meant.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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Having read the previous editions of the obsidian heart, I was looking forward to this. It started off great, I loved hearing Alex's adventures in the trenches of France during the first world war. It was captivating. But then things seemed to slow down.
I became disinterested. All of a sudden the storyline slowed down and the events which took place after seemed menial and they lacked something for me. I don't quite know what, but it just lacked that bit of oomph that captivated me at the start of the book.
Overall I am quite disappointed, but I'm only being honest and it's only my personal opinion. Onwukwe is a master storyteller, he really knows how to bring a story to life and give such richness to the characters. It's for this reason I couldn't score this title lower, or dissuade others from giving it a try. Maybe it was owing to the length of time in between me finishing the last book in the series to picking up this one: but it just didn't cut it for me.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
A wonderful story with an ultimately satisfying ending. I enjoyed every syllable! Thank you, Mark
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed all three books. a complex tale of time travel and intrigue, incorporating memorable characters and a story arc that is in many ways unique. If you are looking for something a bit different than this trilogy is worth a punt!
Really enjoyed it. Compelling and engaging throughout. Cleverly written story that romps all over the place and is miraculously pulled together at the end.
The idea of this trology seems like a good one at the outset but as it progresses it seems like the author has bitten off more than he can chew. It became laughable that there are so many moments where the hero is saved from inevitable death by his future self returning and fixing things. With the aid of a little black book, Alex can conveniently repair anything that may go awry whenever the author paints himself into a corner.
As a fan of Jim Butcher and Ben Aaronovitch I was hoping that the Obsidian Heart trilogy would be a good way to spend some long car journeys, however the overly convenient storyline and reliance on the mystery of space-time felt like the story arc was created from a good initial idea that ran out of steam once detail were filled in.
Ben Onwukwe's performance was good and was one of the few things that kept me going to the end of the books. He brings out the best of what's there and even some of the things that annoyed about his characterisation are justified in the end [can't go into more detail wihtout spoiling things].