My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is the second book in the Silverbirch series, and it takes up more or less where the first book ended. Rob Kaay has gone from strength to strength with the second book.
The first book was well written and this one is no exception. The characters have their unique voices and behaviours, and this time new characters are introduced but the mainstay is the character of Nudge. Whilst Nudge makes the story tick, some of the other minor characters are important and make the story seem more rounded, I particularly liked Novak, who seemed to be the one who was wondering what on earth he’d gotten himself in to. This actually made the story feel a little more real. Although you know you’re reading fantasy, he added something that I think was there to make the reader buy into the story a little more. Making for some true escapism as you turn the pages.
I think I’ve said before that this genre is not one of my favourites but this series does make me want to come back again and again. There’s more detail this time about the Silvers and also this time how the other worlds Venus, Titan and Sirius are also important. I’m not sure where the author will take the series next, but there is definitely room for it to grow, and I’m pretty sure there will be at least a third book in the future.
Congratulations Rob Kaay, and excellent second volume to the Silverbirch stories. Now when’s the third one going to be available?