Thursday, December 9, 2010

FLIGHT OF SHADOWS by Sigmund Brouwer

Sigmund Brouwer's Flight of Shadows picks up where the prequel Broken Angel left off, and although his story is exciting at times, it suffers from the plight of many sequels. Whereas Broken Angel seemed to have a destination and intelligently worked to get there, Flight of Shadows felt like the storyline wandered too much and wasn't as compelling.

Caitlyn has escaped the freedom-squashing land of Appalachia and finds herself in an unfamiliar country ruled by a hierarchical system and city-states reminiscent of ancient Greece. In search of her friends, Caitlyn tries desperately to stay ahead of government agencies, a sinister bounty hunter, and exploratory scientists who are desperately seeking her DNA to reveal the mysteries behind her wings and life-giving blood. She is befriended by Razor, an illusionist she's not sure she can trust but whom she needs to rely on if she ever wants to find her friends and escape west.

Accepting the truth that history repeats itself, Brouwer does a beautiful job of taking ancient cultures and adopting their societal structures to create a modern world that may not be as far-fetched as it seems. Although I wasn't as drawn to the characters or story this time around, Brouwer makes good on developing speculative fiction that is unique and thought provoking.

If you're curious, you can download the prologue and first chapter.

3 out of 5 stars.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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