What to say of Ian Irvine and his Three Worlds cycle? I write to review The Well of Echoes series but have already delved into the trilogy that picks up ten years after the last book's (rather unexpected) end. I might have mentioned this earlier, but as I get older and devour more books, I find it increasingly difficult to find ones that hold me hostage, books that pin my gaze to the page in such a way as to make me sacrifice much-loved sleep in order to follow the characters and story just a little bit longer. Such was the way of these books. Irvine has created a world in which I wanted to remain fully immersed, even as the flawed characters make one bad decision after another, all the while trying to make the right choice and failing, usually terribly.
Reading the series is painful, and I mean this as a compliment. Irvine's use of tension made me want to scream or read ahead (I had to stop myself a few times, as all I wanted to know what whether this character or that character would make it/ live/ succeed/ be catch/ etc) to find out what was going to happen. The furrow between my brows has deepened since I first picked up the quartet, but I was more than happy to sacrifice any smoothness my brow might still possess in exchange for such a compelling story.
I never really describe the books, do I? Nor will I this time. Go pick it up and discover the worlds and the character who inhabit it for yourself. Trust me, it's worth your time.