Monday, December 15, 2014

Lockwood & Co: The Whispering Skull

by Jonathan Stroud

Story summary: See the first book, The Screaming Staircase. This time around, you have the trio of intrepid ghost hunters themselves, of course, as well as rival ghost-hunting groups, plenty of in-fighting, dreadful curiosity, smashing sword fights, and, of course, a whispering skull.

Thoughts: Unlike Stroud's other books, which are either stand-alones or in a short series (trilogy with a prequel at the most), I've heard this is going to be a many-book series. Or at least several more than a trilogy. Because of that, this felt much more "middle book" than even the middle books of trilogies. There wasn't as much distinct character development as I might have wished--except for maybe George, which made me happy because I love George. And no over-arching plot lines were answered (only vaguely hinted at).

But there were definitely good parts. More George, as I mentioned. The skull itself, which was mysterious and terrifying and really interesting.

I wish I had more to say about this book, but due to circumstances in my life I've fallen way behind in book reviews. So this'll have to do.

Grade: 3 1/2 stars

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