Friday, November 25, 2011
A Lion Among Men: Volume Three in the Wicked Years
Here's the thing... I don't think Maguire is as good of a writer as he is an idea's man. He's got some really clever and smart stuff going on, but with the exception of a few portions of this book I found myself really just wanting him to get to the point. The man goes on a lot of tangents, and some of then interesting, but some of them just feel like page filler. The only really gripping parts of this book are when he's dealing with characters that have come before - the Lion's story itself, while good and heartbreaking in spots, just feels a bit 'meh' as a whole. I think the character and how he's built him is interesting but the way it's told just has such little energy.
If you loved the first two books in the series (I only liked the second) then you're probably going to (or already have) read this. If you're not sure, I suggest starting with Wicked and going from there. This is by no means essential reading, but you might like it anyway. Not exactly a high recommend, but a moderate one.