[Reading] ➾ Scourge of the Silver Wings ➵ Juho Pohjalainen – Agedanna.info
Strife In An Underwater Trading Post The Microcosm Of A Cosmic War, Battle Lines Drawn When A Stranger Sails To TownPeal Is In No Mood For Wars, Cosmic Or Not He Seeks Only Rest After A Harrowing Journey, Time To Grieve For Lost Friends, And To Come To Terms With A Terrible Burden Placed Upon Him He Is The Custodian Of A Chaotic Weapon Of World Sundering Power And He Stands All AloneNeither The Iron Fisted Governor Nor The Pain Fueled Sorceress Pay Him Any Heed They Judge The Book By Its Cover, After All, And Know Nothing Of What Weighs His Heart This Suits Him FineUntil A New Friend A Small Child Is Lured To The Brink Of Death By Their WarNow Peal Is Roused To Action Stepping Into The Core Of The Conflict, He Shows The Tyrants And Anarchists War Unlike Any They Had Ever Waged He Seeks Their Unwitting Aid In Ridding The World Of ThemselvesI May Make It Sound Easy, But It Isn T If Anything It May Be The Opposite The Very Greatest Ordeal He S Ever Faced, A Peril Not Just To His Life, But To His Very Soul Here we go with another interesting story by Juho Pohjalainen, following the events of The Straggler s Mask.I had the luck to be drafted for checking out this book while it was made, so I know a bit of the ins and out of the entire book and let me say it right from the beginning, this book is a new experience altogether for who has read the first one.While the other book was quite concentrated on Peal s travels and his growth from inexperienced nobody into a tricky warrior of his own, in this book while his travels are still present, the book concentrates on the characters and their interactions All in the while being caught in the middle of a fight between the forces of law and chaos, cursed illnesses, seafaring tales, trickery, and a powerful artifact.A pretty good read in my opinion, and definitively worth checking if you liked the first book, although it can be read even without knowing the precedent events. As others have mentioned in their reviews, I was a beta reader for this book as well as the first one.I had been acustomed to Peal and the strange universe he lives in with Straggler s Mask, and it would be an understatement to say that I eagerly waited for Juho Pohjalainen is obviously a very talented and experienced author, as evidenced by his very pleasant writing style, and a very solid grasp on storytelling.As others have pointed out, the book has a less spectacular payoff compared to the previous entry in the series, but I found it to have a better progression that managed to be very immersive and fun at the same time.I did not know, at the time when I read the first book, if others would follow featuring the same characters, but even now I can say that I can t wait for the author to bless us with his fantastic writing. Once again, beta reader here, full disclosure, yadda yadda The only thing is that this time, there was quite a space of time in between when I read it and now, so until I fully re read I can t be as specific as last time The general gist of it will still be the same, though, as I m told edits changes weren t major between drafts Anyway, without further ado I didn t enjoy this as much as the first one It has a great setting, and the author s strength for characters remains the largest appeal of the story, but I feel it suffers from middle book syndrome A lot happens in the novel it seems to build and build tension, only to have the final two encounters with the antagonists feel a little short and easily won The real climax is an emotional one between characters as their relationship kinda breaks apart, and the book ends on somewhat of a downer with the resolution of that relationship, and the beginning of a possible war, being the hooks left for next time My opinion could definitely be affected by my dislike of downer endings and not knowing what happens next, but that s the trade off for significant cliffhangers you get people interested in the next one, but until that s out, this one feels like a less well rounded package than its predecessor Certainly less formulaic, whether you like that or not The previous book built pretty linearly into a grand conclusion with a solid, satisfying and concrete end this one kind of jumps up and down and then ends mid jump, if you get my meaning It s enjoyable during the ride but something about the ending left me a bit sour Strengths are of course characters the people you get to know will latch onto you quite well, and stand out from each other The setting is a very compelling Bioshock ey steampunk village underwater, grimy and dirty and suffering from power struggles and poverty The protagonist as well is left without his allies this time, fighting a conflict much bigger than him, desperately struggling to solve things and forced to make tough and possibly bad decisions to do so Lot morally grey situations in this one, and a darker tone, with mature subject matter Think Deep Space Nine next to TNG, where Sisko doesn t have all the might of the Federation he just has a station, a ship, and his crew And so he must make some tough choices where he won t always come out the hero.Overall I still recommend, it s far from bad or anything, just not quite the perfect package I found the first to be Perhaps it will find its place when followed by a direct sequel. Another work in which Juho goes another step forward to reaching the full potential of the Young Mozart he is.However, Juho must learn to stop teasing the reader with small details about something that sounds interesting without ever extrapolating Juho s writing style can sometimes resemble a slut from Tinder who makes you think she s DTF only to cancel at the last second, rather than, say, a Young Terry Pratchett Juho is Finnish and it shows through the reservations he has from any sentence that runs longer than six words but credit must be given for his eloquence and poetic swaggotry that sometimes manifests as an absolute ripper of a sentence or paragraph. Peal is not human, but his humanity is plain to see.This book, being the sequel umbrakin book to The Straggler s Mask , I had thought to follow up with the adventure of Peal in a straightforward manner I was happily taken for a ride instead.The novel follows Peal through various twists and turns, seemingly inconsistent at times, and wonderfully completes the second entry in his apparent saga The growth of the main character is easiest to understand by reading between the lines of his referenced exploits and becoming who he is today What insane occurrences had to happen for Peal to be Peal as he is now, compared to Peal from even one book ago How has he managed to survive, even thrive, in this world I am glad to have purchased this book I even referred it and its predecessor to my brother Without giving too much away, this book is a vast leap ahead of space age steampunk fantasy novels currently in circulation.