Review: The Ocean of the Dead (Ship Kings, #4) by Andrew McGahan

The Ocean of the Dead (Ship Kings, #4)The Ocean of the Dead by Andrew McGahan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Allen & Unwin in exchange for an honest review.

Title: The Ocean of the Dead
Author: Andrew McGahan
Published: 27 July 2016
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
RRP: $24.99

Review

‘The Ocean of the Dead’ is BEYOND all words! And all fantasy WORLDS that I have across, too! It really is a magnificent finale to the ‘Ship Kings’ series! I’m so happy/sad that it had to end! Argh! Too many conflicting emotions!
Reading the ‘Ship Kings’ series was (let me tell ya) on HECK of a journey! It was a stupendous voyage across the ‘Ship Kings’ world and one that took some time and effort – but was worth it in the end. Reading this novel, was a pleasure, mainly because Andrew McGahan continues to deliver REAL pieces of literature, time and time again. Reading his writing is like learning what true English is and should sound like. I literally learned how write from his novels, and his writing is what has inspired me to write some of my own short pieces! You could literally call or compare this series to a classic and no one would blink an eye! THAT is the level of grammar and prose!
What has also amazed me, is that this ENTIRE series not only has sun beautiful, sophisticated, elegant and masterful writing, but its plot is really quite complex! It is like a gigantic tapestry. Each instalment reveals something different, but with such intricacy and minute detail, that stepping back to reflect upon the series is like looking at a masterpiece by an artist yet to be discovered.
The world building is beyond this world anything has ever seen! OMG! I cannot describe to you or possibly express with any body language how OUTSTANDING it was! There are novels out there that leave you wondering why something has happened or full of questions about the world, such as why does this work or how does that work? The ‘Ship Kings’ series has none of that. If you think you can ask a question about the science behind this world, you will find yourself stuck. The research into scientific facts that went into this novel is beyond my comprehension. I am SO impressed!
What sticks with me the most after reading this finale, is the incredible, real, tangible moments that Andrew McGahan has created. Each moment, though told from third person narrative, held a reality. Reading a sentence was never boring. Every sentence held something important. Something new. Thinking back, I don’t recall that I have not read a single sentence or just have it a cursory glance. It was like every word held gravitas and gave me this wide perspective on everything that was happening.
If you think that Percy Jackson was good, think again! ‘Ship Kings’ will forever change your mind!
Congratulations to Andrew McGahan on publishing a true cataclysmic conclusion to the ‘Ship Kings’ series!

Rating Plan
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!

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