War Hammer (The Temple Chronicles, #8) by Shayne Silvers
My rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ out of 5 stars
Two old dudes want to kill me. Oh, and one of them is my ancestor…
And after centuries of practice, they’re pretty good at the whole murder thing. But at least they want to kill each other just as badly.
Now, I’ve taken down a Greek Goddess, worn a Horseman’s Mask, and I ride a homicidal unicorn who hates rainbows with a passion. Some might say sending two senior citizens to a permanent retirement home should be a breeze.
Because that’s not my biggest concern. One of my friends is in danger, or possibly dying, and I need to get her back before her fiancé kills me. But finding her introduces me to new worlds of pain. The biggest of these being my own past – which has been a blatant lie – and a parting gift from my parents – which might have just been the coin toss for the Apocalypse Olympics.
I’m beginning to realize that none of the old Gods, Legends, or Monsters have been idle the last few centuries. They’ve been waiting, picking sides, and scheming schemes.
Of course, maybe one of those two old dudes will punch my ticket and save me the headache. A wizard can Hope, right? Because either way, I’m about to have a very bad series of days…
I have been making a bit of a time out in terms of reading this series. The last couple of books I had read had, in my opinion, become a bit over the top. It has been wild stories with twists overall the place and where Temple’s enemies has been more and more überpowerful and Temple himself has been getting one fantastic power after another. The focus seems to have been on sensation rather than story.
It is a bit of a balance since I have really liked how the author managed to weave in a lot of mythical characters from all over the world in his stories as well as make a twist on them. Bloody hell he has even managed to squeeze in the round table! But there is only so much over the top stuff I can take without making a pause.
A while ago I decided I was ready to have a go at the next book in the series and I have to say that I quite liked it. I cannot say if it was just me having made a pause to recharge my acceptance for these wild stories or if this installment had actually calmed down a bit.
I always liked Temple himself as well as much of the colorful characters around him. I have liked the, often, sharp tongued dialogue. None of that has changed. It’s as good as ever. I did feel that the pace might have slowed a little bit though which for me is a good thing since it means it’s down to bloody fast instead of insanely fast.
I really liked that Alucard got a bit of the spotlight as well as some nice treatment instead of just being the grumpy vampire. I also liked that, in this installment, we learn quite a bit of Temple’s as well as his parents history. Temple gets quite a few answers and, of course, a few more questions.
Despite some of my reservation this series is really a well written and very entertaining urban fantasy series. I liked this one more than the previous but all of the books so far have been read worthy and most of them more than that. This book falls in the “more than that” category.