Paths Not Taken by Simon R. Green
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Jacket Blurb: John Taylor just
discovered his long-gone mother created the Nightside—the dark heart of
London—and intends to destroy it. To save his birthplace, he will have
to travel back through a very distant—and probably deadly—past.
Another enjoyable installation in the Nightside series. Our good protagonist, John Taylor, decided he needed to go back in Time to find out the beginnings of Nightside and confront his Mother, the Being and Power known as Lilith. Taylor's goal - to prevent Lilith from destroying a future Nightside. His companions on this quest are Tommy Oblivion and Suzie Shooter. Except, things don't go quite as planned...
Green continues to work on his world building and fleshing out his characters. In this book we are treated to some of the background history of the sub-characters found in Nightside. I have to say, there were some nice twists added to the plot and characters. And because no writer seems to be able to avoid it, the budding 'romance' (if it could even be called such?) between Suzie and Taylor takes a couple of small steps forward.
As much as I enjoyed the book - and I finished this in about a day or so - I have a couple of complaints. The phrase, "I opened my third eye - my Private eye..." has become over used. Yes yes, by page 200 (in book #5) we know what happens when John opens his Gift because the author feels compelled to explain it in detail every single time. Redundant.
I also have a problem with a character being very nearly killed then BAM! Magically healed. All better! Let's move on! And there was one inconsistency with Susie's shotgun being taken away, it was noted it was taken away, and in the next Time jump, she had it back. Um....??
Overall, a fun afternoon read with some editorial quirks. Recommended if you've read the first four.
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