There is no question, I was always going to give this 5 stars. This is the culmination of 16 years and 7 books making an epic yarn of gargantuan proportions. Also do NOT read this unless you have read the preceding books. This one picks up right where the The Two Lost Mountains left off so it’s basically the same story. And what a story it is!
Also I’m not going to say much about the plot. Captain Jack West Jnr. must stop the omega event in a few days to save the world. He only needs to navigate the impossible labyrinth. And he only needs to beat the three others teams that have arrived before him. No pressure really!
The books are all high adventure with some mythology thrown in. The mythology is real mythology sometimes looked at from a different perspective. I’ve long been impressed by the author’s ability to blend fiction and reality and he does it so well. Again I looked up some of the historical places mentioned and they do exist, and they are as stunning and interesting as Reilly makes them out to be in the books.
Despite the drama, the forces arrayed against them and the pressure the characters of Jack’s entourage hang tough and guts it out. There is a childish glee to some of the writing. Not surprising when you think of the mind that dreams these plots up. The imagination it takes is quite breathtaking.
The author has never claimed to be a literary genius. He writes books that are first and foremost - fun. With characters you can root for. Characters that push all your buttons for niceness and all the good qualities you’d want to see in your children, any maybe politicians. I’m sad that that’s the end of such an awesome series but I’ll be keen to see what the author comes up with next. Many thanks to Netgalley and Pan Macmillan Australia for the much appreciated arc which I reviewed voluntarily and honestly.