Non-Review: “The Lost Labyrinth,” Gilliam Ness

The Lost Labyrinth (The Last Artifact Trilogy Book 2) just lost me. I barely managed to hang in there with Book One: The Dark Rift. Today I can go no further.

Male lead (Gabriel) lectures female lead (Natasha) on how all pretty girls only date jerks and then try to ‘fix’ them. Female lead’s reaction: “Natasha was taken aback by the truth in Gabriel’s words.” So the author can’t even claim that it’s just a part of Gabriel’s personality–instead, it’s the author lecturing the reader. Now I understand why the image of Natasha has been so oddly naive and childlike–it’s the only way for the author to make an exception for her. It’s also a form of paternalistic condescension–there there, you didn’t know any better.

Well I got all three books as review books. I managed to finish the first one, but I’m reading no further on book two and plan to avoid book three. I already had a number of complaints in book one, and I have zero interest in continuing to read through this crap.


NOTE: Book provided free for review by publisher.

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4 comments on “Non-Review: “The Lost Labyrinth,” Gilliam Ness
  1. Solid Granite says:

    I enjoyed most of the action and plotline in Book 1. However, because I’m not a “reviewer”, I can’t get the next two books, nor can I find an email for the author to inquire about their release dates. I can put the author’s sexual politics aside for the sake of a good story. I’m surprised you’re unwilling to do that…

    • Heather says:

      The moment the author made his sexual politics part of the story, that was his choice. I’m not simply going to ignore what he chose to put in, in order to review his book. Then I wouldn’t be reviewing the book as he wrote it, now would I?

  2. Solid Granite says:

    You make a valid point, and I can understand that you were offended. I’ve read many, many books which forwarded an agenda I did not like (and found offensive), so I do understand your position.

  3. Solid Granite says:

    I found and read the remaining books in this series. The action was non-stop, but the author’s mish-mash of theological aspects of “the world’s six great religions” left me cold. The final book was chock full of mini-lectures on how each of the above-mentioned aspects was an important part of “the truth”, and required to move to the next level in the search for heaven. I took issue with many of his statements, and would have enjoyed the opportunity to discuss the points with the author. According to the rules of logic and rationale, ALL cannot be true given that they, the “six great religions”, often contradict each other. 🙂

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