“Once more unto the breach, dear friends!” This phrase immediately sprang to mind when the second book in the Mythvolution series finally arrived (a bit of advice – order them both at the same time, the wait between books was torture!) I couldn’t wait to dive back in to this crazy world of legend and superstition and I was certainly not disappointed! Here’s a snapshot of what to expect in book two:
“Vincent Russell’s world is turned upside down when he and his animal menagerie learn from an unexpected source that the only way forward, is to believe in the tales of the past! Whilst they try to unravel the mystery of Creation, long forgotten identities are exposed and bonds are forged and broken. Mother Earth’s unimaginable secrets are revealed and what was once thought impossibly magical appears to become as real, as life itself! And all the while, someone and someone are just trying to rule the world!”
This novel definitely puts the “myth” in Mythvolution. Ancient legends are brought to life and are intricately woven together with the stories of our much-loved menagerie to create a series of events that will take you on an exhilarating ride with a thrilling conclusion. Through these stories we learn that we must look to the past in order to secure our future, and maybe even make some sacrifices along the way in the hope of preserving the world that Mother Earth has gifted us with.
It’s a bold move on the author’s part to utilise these ancient and revered stories, but he does it with such delicate craftsmanship and integrates them so well within his own story that you find yourself believing that his creations were always a part of the legend. It’s a very clever mix of old stories and new concepts pulled together with incredible skill – it blew my mind!
Overall I would say the second book is more intense that the first with more of a focus on the mythological, but it still holds many messages that are so relevant to how we live today. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and, as with the first, there are so many powerful, thought-provoking quotes that showcase the author’s way with words, my favourite being “remember to live your life as if bathed in sunlight, because it will always rain.”
The mystery and intricacy of the Mythvolution series has me well and truly hooked, with its subtle elements of humour and tragedy and the ever-present gleams of hope and faith keeping me on my toes until the very end. I can’t wait to see what the next book has in store for this madcap gang – bring on book three when it’s released!