Great book, and I just ordered the sequel off of Amazon. New characters zoom in at the speed of bullets, and everyone is interesting. Azrael de Gray is one of the most entertaining villains I’ve read about in a long time. This is one of the only fantasies I’ve read where instead of saying, “Wow, I wish I lived in a world like this!” I said “Wow, good thing I don’t live in a world like this!” And yet, I get the sense that we’re really heading toward a happy ending regardless, and honestly I like that.
The sequel’s summary tells me that the apparently deceased/incapacitated characters of Gaylen and Peter Waylock are going to be major players, so I’m curious to see how that happens. Wright ended “Guardians” with one Hell of a cliffhanger.
I don’t have too much more to say, really. Wright combines mythologies seamlessly and their is a nice strain of humor running through the book as well which helps lighten the mood. The character of Wendy could be a bit annoying early on, but I got used to her. My favorite character is Raven though. A badass former Russian sailor who also happens to be a crack shot. What’s not to like?
Really looking forward to the sequel. The Amazon reviews of it aren’t great, but then there are only thirteen reviews, so I’m not putting much stock in them.
(As an aside – I started “The Golden Age” as well, and I think I’ve bitten off more than I can chew. That book is for sci-fi veterans, not newbies like me. Wright throws around new terms and concepts so fast that my head was spinning by the bottom of the first page. I should probably get more used to the genre before I tackle something as ambitious as that.)
One last thing: I’ve heard Wright called a “modern day C.S. Lewis”. All right, I like Wright quite a lot, but let’s not insult Lewis like that. Wright is smart and Wright is an excellent writer, but C.S. Lewis was a genius whose insights penetrated to the very heart of controversial matters in clear, decisive terms, and he’s one of the only writers I’ve ever seen who was able to actively and admittedly preach in his novels and still get away with it.
Wright’s good, but NOBODY is Lewis good. Tolkien, perhaps, had better fiction, but when it comes to penetrating insights on life and Christianity Lewis is, to this day, unparalleled, as well as being possibly the last great satirist. It’s unfair to Wright to attempt to place him on that pedestal.