Book 40 of 2015: Key of Creation: Journey to Khodara by M.D. Bushnell and A.R. Voss

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“Journey to Khodara,” second book of The Key of Creation series: Aldrick faces the most difficult decision of his life. Brodan, current regent and his life-long friend, has claimed he is the rightful king, and yet Gilmoure, who is a man with a secret, is the rightful holder of the crown. With the rule of Asturia on the line, who will Aldrick side with? Aldrick and his new-found companions, including a beautiful, mysterious warrior from the exotic desert lands to the south, must then face a long and arduous… …Journey to Khodara. Journey to Khodara is the 2nd book in the Key of Creation Series, which began with Rise of the Destroyer. The Temple of Kian, which concludes the first trilogy, is scheduled to be released on May 21st, 2013.

Journey to Khodara is the second book in The Key of Creation series. I received this book from the authors as a compilation of the first three books for an honest review.

My thoughts about this book is less than the first. Let me start by saying that the first book had a good amount of action and the characters were getting interesting. I was thinking they would center the series on Aldrick and so far, that is true. However, I had some reservations about the sequel.

The book starts off where the first one ended. We see the events of book one unfold slightly, but not enough to give the reader a clear picture of everything. Which is a pro to this series. I like that it’s an intricate unfolding. It adds suspense and gives the world some kind of leverage.

There are some new characters added into the series as well. We see more of Dathan, the soldier who is sent by King Zalaban to find Prince Garrick, as well as a wandering warrior woman named Aelianna. I believe she’s on a type of soul searching journey that entails finding a “lost prince”. Sure rings a bell.

What I didn’t care for in this book is the writing style, which is a shame since the first book was well done. This book felt more like a person sitting by the campfire telling the story than the reader living the experience with the characters. However, this doesn’t happen all the time. I’ve noticed that we are “told” what is going on when there is a group of people moving from point A to point B. When there is a moment going on in the cities or just with one individual, the “telling” isn’t often.

My guess this is because it’s harder to show a group doing something versus telling. Though this does make some sense, it loses it’s effect on the reader. I became bored and tired of the moments of “telling”, then dialogue, only to go back to “telling”. I found the chapters concerning Brodan or the mysterious evil to be more enjoyable because of this.

All in all, it wasn’t as good as the first one, but you may want to read it if you are planning on reading the rest of the series.

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