ARC kindly provided by Allen & Unwin in exchange for an honest review.
Title: The Voyage of the Unquiet Ice
Author: Andrew McGahan
Published: 1 August 2016
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
‘The Voyage of the Unquiet Ice’ was – and IS – a spectacularly told story of Dow Amber and the second instalment in the ‘Ship Kings’ series. There is something amazing about Andrew McGahan’s writing that I really cannot describe but will try very, very, VERY hard to!
Andrew McGahan is an Australian author (of which I’m very proud since I’m Aussie, too) who has won so many incredible awards and was nominated for even more. When you read his books, you actually UNDERSTAND why he is such a highly acclaimed author! There is this constant beauty and natural flow to the writing that makes it incredible to read. And it’s so correct, too! None of that colloquial, everyday slang and language that are liberally peppered in ALL young-adult and children’s books. When you read his novels, you actually learn what true storytelling is about: not only the story, but the words that tell them.
What does not cease to amaze me was the depths at which the world-building has been achieved. There was this immense knowledge of the world this author has created in every single word and sentence written. It was this grounding, viable sense that wouldn’t shake it’s hold of me throughout the entirety of the adventure. And BOY did it make the reading experience AMAZING! I got drawn into this world where I could smell the sea, feel its strength, touch the water, see the Ship Kings’s world, and taste the salty air. No words…simply amazing.
This instalment was of even more epic proportions than the first. The first can only be described as a taste of the Ship Kings’ world, this second instalment is the introduction and catalyst. SOOO many things happened here that made me BEYOND excited and ECSTATIC to be able to read the third! In NO way could this novel be claimed to have suffered second book syndrome!
The pace was well set: It revealed all this information, and there was an OVERWHELMING amount of it, which was what continues to make the series so rich and vibrant, at a steady constant pace that continues to build up and up and UP until the finale has you gasping for air…and then the novel ends. There was indescribable feeling of coming back to reality that I hated every SINGLE time I had to put the book down.
Dow grows a lot as a character in this novel. He does a lot and experiences a lot. What continues to amaze me is how detailed the characters were. All of them! No matter wether minor or major! You could sense that each had this significant role which inevitably affected Dow.
‘The War of the Four Isles’ is one I’d highly recommend to fans of the ‘Broterband’ series, or any other novel by John Flanagan. Not because it’s similar, but because it’s so. Much. Better. Think of everything you enjoyed there, but on more momentous level!
Congratulations to Andrew McGanhan on publishing the spell-binding sequel, ‘The War of the Four Isles’!
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!