Monday, June 17, 2013

The Final Installment

I find prequels disconcerting.  For example, I can't bring myself to watch the new movie, The Hobbit.  I loved the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, but Gollum and Bilbo Baggins make me cringe.  In the case of The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkein wrote it prior to the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, but since I didn't read it first, it would be like watching a prequel since I've already seen the trilogy movies.  

It's an interesting thing to me when authors write prequels to books after they've written books that come later in the story's timeline.  Sometimes they can be hard to follow and figure out.  Usually, a prequel starts and stops before the previously written story begins.  In the case of a book I read recently, the author began the story as a prequel and then wove the story line into the stories of the previous two books in the trilogy.  

The book is Slow Moon Rising, by Eva Marie Everson.  Ms. Everson and I had an interesting dialogue via Chasing Sunsets.  I read her second novel because of that discussion and enjoyed it more than the first.  This is the final book that completes that trilogy.
the comments on my review of the first book in this trilogy,

Slow Moon Rising begins with the story of Ross and Anise.  Ross is twenty years senior to Anise, but they fall in love and wed in a short time.  Then the story touches on some events from the first and second novels and then moves forward to events that happen after the second novel.  This novel is about healing and truth.  Human lives are messy and no one's perfect.  Neither are the characters in this book.  There will likely be characters you like and others that may grate on your nerves as they did on mine.  

Ms. Everson is a competent, Christian fiction writer.  It is easy to follow the storyline of this novel and understand what was going on.  It felt at times as if she was trying to tie together too many subplots in this book as it wrapped up.  But, it does come together.  This book is difficult to review without reviewing too much of the plot and details.

If you enjoy family dramas in Christian fiction, you may enjoy this trilogy.

Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishing for review.


Kim said...

That's interesting. But, The Hobbit was published before Lord of the Rings and is not technically a prequel. Although, I do think Tolkien made a few changes to The Hobbit as he wrote Lord of the Rings.

Anne said...

Yes, my friend, you're totally right ;) For me the Hobbit is like a prequel because I've seen the Lord of the Rings Trilogy movies (I edited the review :) ). and Bilbo Baggins really bothered me in those movies.

Kim said...

Oh, well that makes more sense. Bilbo in LOTR is a difficult character to like. Prequels are tricky. I find myself looking for holes in the story and not really enjoying the new story.