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Jack Staples and the City of Shadows

Title: Jack Staples and the City of Shadows
Series: Jack Staples trilogy
Author: Mark Batterson & Joel N. Clark
Publisher:David C. Cook
Publishing date: March 14th, 2015
ISBN: 9780781411080
Purchase Link:Amazon.co.uk

Synopsis: The Assassin is closing in. Just as Jack and his friend Alexia discover what it means to be the Chosen Ones, they each face the test of a lifetime. For Jack it is a question of trust; for Alexia, of loyalty. Everything rests on their making the right choices, and on the completion of their missions. The Assassin expects they will fail, and that they will either join him or be destroyed. It will take all of the Author’s forces, the special gifts Jack and Alexia each have, and the help of their friends, Arthur and Mrs. Dumphrey, to overcome. But when the enemy makes a key move, and an important quest proves difficult, the prophecy—that they will both destroy and save the world—seems further from coming true than ever before.

My Review: Jack Staples and the City of Shadows is the second book in the Jack Staples trilogy, and it carries off from where the last book left off. The first few chapters are a bit slow to get through, and Mrs Dumphrey has quit a few lines that are trying a bit too hard to make her seem like an odd, wise, old lady. As soon as Mrs Dumphrey start speaking like a normal person and stop speaking in riddles and clichés the reading experience gets much more pleasant.
The action starts early in this book and the both Alexia and Jack has to carry their wits with them in the various situations they have to face. As the Assassin is closing in with all his power the two children of the prophesy is about to face the Test of their lifetime, it is important for them both to not make mistakes, but they are both only human and they are kids.
Just as the previous book there is a lot of time jumping in the narrative, and it is a bit hard to follow, but most of it ties together in by the end. Alexia’s back-story is explored a bit more, within the time-jumps, and we learn more about her characters.
The book is engaging and action packed, it is a good buildup for the next and final installment in the series. Hopefully the questions left unanswered in “Jack Staples and the City of Shadows” will be answered in “Jack Staples and the Poet’s Storm”

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Jack Staples and the Ring of Time

Author: Mark Batterson 
& Joel N. Clark
David C Cook
Published: 01.09.2014

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To begin with “Jack Staples and the Ring of Time” was kind of hard to get into. The time jumping was confusing and not very easy to follow during the first few chapters. The pace started off a bit slow but picked up through the book and after two-thirds of it I was hooked. The world is built well, and everything is explained in due time.

There is an ancient battle going on between good and evil, and we are just starting to see it. All humans and animals are born with scales on their eyes which prevents them from seeing the evil creatures for what they are, but the scales are starting to come off, so people turn into the “awakened.”
Jack Staples is born without scales on his eyes and he has the ability to walk through time., a power he has to come to terms with and learn to control. Just because you can walk through time, it does not mean that you can play god, somethings cannot be change no matter how hard you try.

It is easy to see “The Author” and “The Assassin” as euphemism for “God” and “the Devil”, as they portray their characteristics through their representation of ancient good and evil. The book portray a Christian moral, but in a concealed way and without making the reader feel preached to..

I did not like the character of Mrs. Dumphry,as most of her dialogue felt contrived and her “riddles” were more of less only consisting on well-chewed clichés. And she seemed more like a “plot-device” rather than a necessary character.

However, I look forward to read more of this series. and see where Jack Staples end up.