It doesn’t seem to matter how hard Lara tries to steer clear of Mercer’s war on the ghouls; fate seems intent on drawing her into the conflict. Meanwhile, the fighting rages in Texas, with Mercer’s kill teams roaming the land and collaborators on war footing. Caught in the middle, Danny, Gaby, and Nate are desperate to reach the coast, but find themselves pawns in a nightmarish game of cat and mouse instead. In this penultimate volume in The Purge of Babylon series, loyalties will be tested and destinies embraced, and the road to salvation will finally be revealed to those brave enough to answer the call of the Horns…
SPOILER ALERT: If you're not familiar with the Purge of Babylon series, stop reading now and go read books 1-7 (as well as the two side-story books), then come back. Go ahead, we’ll wait. (Soft elevator music playing in the background) Okay, you all caught up now? Good. Let’s get started.
I’m going to admit right up front, I LOVE this series. I’ve read my fair share of apocalypse fiction and this one is right up there with the best. Interesting characters, unique plot lines, good pacing, authentic dialogue, a nice smattering of humor and just enough surprises to keep you on your toes. Sure, there are a few of the common tropes typical in the genre. Two of the main characters just happen to be former Army Rangers and they just happen to run across a couple of super hot gals to rescue. A little too convenient maybe but everything else is so damned good, I’m giving the author a pass. You're welcome, Sam (I can call you Sam, right?)
Horns of Avalon picks up right where book seven left off. All the primary characters are back. Many of whom continue to develop in both depth and complexity as they fight to survive under crazy circumstances with constant moral dilemmas. The main difference with book eight is that many of the plot threads—which have been slowly developing over the course of the series—are now starting to come together with the end of the series in sight with book nine..
Yet even as the established characters continue on their individual paths, whole new sets of characters are introduced throughout. They're woven seamlessly into the story with the regulars but it does cause me wonder how the hell all of this is going to get wrapped up with only one book remaining. It just feels like there are still so many questions to be answered. And given the consistently modest pace of development for many of the larger plot lines, I’m honestly a bit concerned. I would like to think the final book will be roughly twice the size of all the others or perhaps the author will surprise us with an announcement of additional books.
My biggest fear is that we’ll be left with a mess of unanswered questions, rushed story conclusions or worst of all, unfinished cliffhangers. At this point, I’m trusting the author to craft a finale worthy of this masterful series. Until then, I highly recommend not only this latest installment but the entire series.
Have you read any of the Purge of Babylon series? What's your take? We'd love to hear what you think is going to happen with Keo, Danny, Gaby and even Will. Do they all make it? Do none of them survive? Neither option seems likely. Leave a comment (or give us a shout) and tell us what you think.
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