So I finished my first read-through of Crossings in just under a single day. Y’all, this book has everything you could ever want – adventure, intrigue, and a very small amount of romance (without it getting into the “ugh, more of this?” territory, which is a huge plus for me). I feel like I’ve finally hit my stride with these Fantastic Stranglings books, and each month I look forward to the next one.
This is one of the best books I have read this year. I was about to write “and it’s still early in the year,” and then I realized it’s August 30 and it’s so not early in the year any more. Where have the past five months gone? (Spoiler alert: I’ve been sitting at my desk in my apartment for the past five months, not moving.)
This particular book review deals with the Chronological Sequence of Crossings. In about a week or so (probably with a book or two in-between), I’m going to go back and read this as the Baroness Sequence and see what I think of it then. I’m excited.
In the beginning, it appears that Crossings is composed of three separate books, but very soon you realize that these books are interconnected in ways that you never saw coming. Major characters in one book appear in the others, but in different bodies. As you begin to unravel the mysteries in one book, you realize what a character in another book meant when they said that specific thing and now you’ve got all this knowledge but you can see the end hurtling towards you and you know nothing good is going to happen.
I am amazed at how well Landragin was able to keep the main thread of the story from falling between the cracks of the novel – it is never lost, not once, even though at times you’re like “Where is this going,” just to be shown that the author absolutely knows what he is doing and will spring a surprise on you at any moment.
The writing in this book is wonderful. The characters are difficult to understand at first but once you get to the explanation as to why, it suddenly all makes sense. I regret that I can’t elaborate more on this one, but let me tell you: this book is absolutely worth the read. Check it out from your local library, but I’m sure once you do you’ll end up buying it just so you can re-read it again and again and try to unravel more of the mysteries contained inside it. This is an absolute 5/5 stars read, and I want to see more from Landragin in the future.
I can’t wait to start reading through this on the Baroness Sequence to see what is different.
Have you picked up Crossings yet? Let me know in the comments!
And as always, keep reading.