Book Review – City of Light by Will Wight

City of Light by Will Wight

City of Light by Will Wight

The blurb tantalizes:

Simon has spent the last six months hunting Incarnations, and has begun to realize that his power alone won’t be enough to stop a true enemy. 

Leah is queen over a nation of refugees, driven from their homes by the fury of Territories gone mad. 

Alin rules his city with an iron fist, imposing the virtues of Elysia on an imperfect population. 

Now, the three must stand united as the balance of the world shifts once more. A greater threat looms, and it has made its presence known… 

The Incarnations are missing.

My main criticism of the preceding books in the series (apart from some clumsiness at the beginning of the first book) was that although there are supposed to be three main characters we didn’t spend enough time with two of them to get to know them.  Although that’s still true, by the third book we have on aggregate spent enough time with them for this to not matter anymore, so that was good.  It was still a bit wrong when the three characters were having a “look how much we’ve changed” moment when their original relationship hadn’t really been established, but altogether it was a good attempt at fixing the mistakes of the first book.

Something that was an issue in the second book is worse in this one – it’s almost completely fight scenes.  Sure it’s the climax, sure they’re at war, but still it felt like somebody was always fighting with someone else, with only brief interludes for plot and character development.  It also suffers a bit from all of the main characters being too powerful – as we discovered in the Matrix sequels, watching invincible supermen punch each other to no effect gets boring after a while.

Finally, I was irritated a bit by the fact that not everything was tied up by the end of the book.  It’s bad enough when one book in a series doesn’t have a complete plot arc, but it’s much more important for a trilogy to have one.  I understand the desire to leave things open for a follow-on series, but it’s frustrating when you think a plotline has been introduced to be a big dramatic twist and nothing happens.