Book Review – The Crimson Vault by Will Wight

The Crimson Vault by Will Wight

The Crimson Vault by Will Wight

The blurb briefs:

As the conflict between Enosh and Damasca builds to war, Simon finds himself caught in the middle. 

Alin is bound by prophecy to the Grandmasters of Enosh, but he begins to doubt his fate when he discovers that their talk of freedom hides a darker agenda. 

Leah has never questioned her loyalty to Damasca. Now, she finds that allegiance tested as she is forced to oppose her own rebellious brother. 

With these two powers on the brink of open war, the land soon trembles in the face of an even greater threat. 

Who can stand against the Wanderer?

Compared with the first book in the series, this one has a lot more point of view characters.  I think this is an improvement, because one of my complaints about the first book was not understanding some of the main characters because we spent very little time with them, but it does make it harder to keep track of what’s going on.  I think the author may have overcompensated a bit.

I do still feel like the author should have spent some more time with some of the main characters so that the choices they make seem less arbitrary – with Alin in particular I feel like I’ve been told what he’s done and why he did it rather than experiencing it with him and empathising with his choices.

I think this book suffers a bit from having to treat some of the less well written parts of the first book as canon, resulting in some unlikely coincidences.

The book does a good job of raising the stakes from the first one while setting up even higher stakes for the third one.

It does have a plot arc, but (unsurprisingly for the middle book in a trilogy) it leaves a lot of things for the third book to resolve.

Overall it’s better than the first one but not perfect.