the rabbit hole deepens
New and old characters populate this third installment in Shifman's epic series. Light is shed on some of the esoterica that permeates these books, but as always, new questions are posed. There is a nice confluence of realism this time around with signature dream-like topsy-turvy spectacle. Shifman's attention to detail when it comes to the enthralling martial arts subplot will satisfy the most ardent MMA fan. He clearly takes his craft seriously and knows of what he speaks.
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In perhaps the strongest opening of the series, familiar and long-separated characters from Book 1 unwittingly converge in a park. They have their children in tow. This proves to be the perfect springboard, for, without giving anything way, everyone in attendance right out the gate has a part to play in the prophecy set to unfold. We, the reader, are fed bits of revelation at a time in a maddeningly controlled manner, with just enough enigma left out of reach to keep our anticipation boiling.
If you've read Shifman before, you know this is his major gift as a storyteller. He weaves rich narrative tapestries without ever stumbling on his own ambition. And he can distinguish deftly between what the reader NEEDS to know and what they WANT to know. This book is rife with mind-bending action, imaginative heroes and supervillains, and intense human connections that will resonate with you long after the final page. Lucky for us, there's one more to go!
Check it out, you reprobates, you philistines. What in the blue hell could you possibly be waiting for??