Blogtober Day 6: Review: The Invasion by Peadar O’Guilin
Continuing the events from The Call, you might expect The Invasion to be brighter than it’s predecessor, but that is not the case. While it seemed that things were looking up for Anto and Nessa, they’re torn away from each other and plunged back into the world of the Sidhe and the Grey Lands, and this time it there’s even less chance of escape.
In case you don’t remember, I disliked The Call. The only reason I decided to pick up this sequel was because I thought there was potential in the world (that and I really hate leaving things unfinished) and I’m happy to be able to say that I enjoyed The Invasion more than the first book in the Grey Lands series. I decided to give it four stars, because it was a vast improvement upon The Call – which I rated three stars – although I still feel as though the characters were underdeveloped.
There’s a lot of death and destruction caused by the Sidhe, and this would have more of an impact if the characters were three-dimensional, but they’re just there to bulk up the cast and build a high death toll. This was proven by an error in the copy I read (which was a finished copy, not an ARC) in which one of the background characters was killed… And then appeared in a scene a few pages later. If the character was fully-fleshed out and contributed anything to the story, a mistake like this wouldn’t have made it through the copyediting process.
Overall, the Grey Lands series is creepy, and I’m pleasantly surprised to find that I enjoyed it more after having read the second book despite the fact that The Call feels like a standalone. There’s not much to say about it, because it is rather bland (despite the monstrous Sidhe creations and stream of ceaseless death), but I still found it capturing my imagination and I will be thinking about The Call and The Invasion for a long time to come.
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I know I didn’t have much to say about The Invasion, but if you’ve read the Grey Lands duology, what were your thoughts on the second installment?