Another bonus about reading series? You don’t need to break between books.
Now this doesn’t really apply to me these days because I have no time to read. (Okay, I only get a little stressed by this. And it is not strictly true, but too often it feels like it.)
But the fact is that I’m one of those readers who has a hard time jumping into a completely different book directly after I’ve finished a book I’ve enjoyed. And the harder I loved a book, the harder it is to go on to the next one. Sometimes, I’m not ready to let go of the previous book, so there’s no room in my brain for a new one.
No such issue for series books where you want to know what happened next.
My son woke up sick at 5:30 yesterday morning. Not seriously sick, but once I’m up, I’m up. So I bought Death of a Pirate King before six a.m. and started reading.
It’s two years later! I felt rather sad that Adrien and Jake hadn’t seen each other for two years, but, well let’s face it, they needed some time apart after the end of The Hell You Say.
I feel constrained about what I should talk about because book four is so new. Even with warnings or cuts, I don’t think it’s right to give spoilers when it’s only been out less than two days.
Still, I will say that, for me, this was the most effective mystery Lanyon has written thus far in the series. It really worked well. All the secondary characters and red herrings and dead ends were interesting in themselves.
I continued to not like Guy, right down to his endearment for Adrien. Adrien’s new family is wonderfully drawn.
Hmmm, maybe I can say more year from now. But this is a terrific installment in a terrific series. Next up, book five at the end of 2009. I think titled The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks?