Book Title: Waking Gods
Author: Sylvain Neuvel
Series: The Themis Files #2
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy
Publisher: Del Ray
Source: I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
♪♫My Pick For Book Theme Song♫♪
♫It Has Begun by Starset --If a book or series has anything to do with outer space, aliens, or just persevering…than Starset wrote the soundtrack for it. This lyric video is awesome…like Themis herself is stomping around.♫
The Feels: 5/5
Backdrop (World Building): 5/5
Book Cover: 5/5
Ending: 5/5 Cliffhanger: …you could say that.
Will I continue this series? Umm…YEAH! This is a must read series for anyone, at least I think so.
I wished for this on Netgalley, right after I did that; I thought I really would rather listen to this on Audio. Since I listened to the first book in the series, Sleeping Giants, on Audio and it was one of the best audiobooks ever. I figured I wouldn't actually win the chance to read this one, and I was okay with that…guess what…I won. I never win anything.
I missed the full cast of characters giving each person their own voice, but I still was freaking totally engaged in this story. It Rocks! I'm fairly certain I will still have to listen to this on Audio, maybe, right before the 3rd book comes out. Overall, I'm not disappointed I won this and had the opportunity to read this before it releases in April 2017.
There is some buzz out there about Sony Pictures adapting this series to film. I really hope it happens, because it will rock as a movie series. I also fervently hope they make it everything that it can be…
If you click the pic above it will link to the source of the movie info.
The storyline of The Briar King is fantastic. I enjoy fantasy plots with a doomsday prophecy and characters who have no idea what they’re getting themselves into. There are the stereotypes that one comes to expect in this sort of novel: stubborn, hot-headed princess, naive priest, brave knight, cynical woodsman, etc. However, I think there are quite a lot of unique elements to the story, and the imagery of the Briar King thoroughly creeped me out. What really sold me at the end was how everyone’s stories start fitting together.
Despite this, I found this book extremely difficult to get in to. The writing gets progressively better throughout the book, but the beginning was tough going. It reads like a middle-grade novel instead of adult fantasy. There’s very simplistic narrative, unrealistic dialogue (and a lot of it!), and many of the characters aren’t likeable at first. At about three-quarters of the way in, the plot gets moving and the characters get better. I think it’s because they have to deal with real problems instead of whining about trivial things.
I’m not sure if it’s worth investing in this series yet, considering that it doesn’t become good until the later part of the first book. There are three more books, and if these three are anything like the last part of The Briar King, I think it will be worth it. The ending of this book is definitely enough to keep me reading more, but the sequel has to be very good for me to continue with this series all the way.