I can’t quite warm to this series by a favourite author
Title: Awakening (Hyddenworld #2)
Author: William Horwood
Genre: Fiction/ Fantasy
First published: 2011
Edition: Hardback, published by Macmillan in 2011
A series of extraordinary events mark the beginning of Summer: earth tremors ravage the Hyddenworld; Jack and Katherine have a child, Judith; and a mysterious gem is found bear Brum. That same night, after decades of sleep, the Emperor of the Hyddenworld awakens, in desperate requirements of a gem that might promise eternal life…
It was a hushed, still night and a million stars and a rising moon shone down upon White Horse Hill in Berkshire, England.
This author has written some of my favourite books, but so far this series does not set my heart on fire. It just feels kind of disjointed and confusing
The first book ended up just being ok and I pretty much feel the same about this one. The story feels original and interesting, but somehow the execution does not quite work for me. I found it hard keeping my focus on the book and though I cared for the characters I was not completely invested in them at any point.
I felt confused some of the time and I sometimes caught myself leafing back through the pages to see whether I missed something. There was an odd feeling of things not quite making sense half the time. Sometimes the story seemed slow and at other times too fast. The pace was simply too uneven to get into the rhythm of things.
I did not dislike this book and at no point did I consider giving up on it, but I had definitely hoped for a bit more connection to the story itself.
I will continue in the series, but I am not loving it at the moment.
4 out of 7 stars
CAWPILE score: 6.4
- Characters: 6
- Atmosphere: 7
- Writing Style: 6
- Plot: 7
- Intrigue: 7
- Logic: 6
- Enjoyment: 6