Review: The Dinosaur Knights by Victor Milán

dinosaurknightsvmSeries: The Dinosaur Lords #2
Published by: Tor
ISBN: 0765332973
ISBN 13: 9780765332974
Published: July 2016
Pages: 448
Format reviewed: eVersion from publisher
Site: Author Site
Goodreads: Book Page
Stars: Four out of Five
Related Reviews: The Dinosaur Lords (The Dinosaur Lords #1)

This book picks off where it’s all a bit doom and gloom – characters are on trial for crimes, or are on the run, or are a little mad. The beginning plods along either because it’s such a bad time for all characters or the plot is building up to something that it’s a little bit of a struggle through the first hundred pages or so… but then, thankfully, everything kicks off. Action is what drives this series, which is good as some of the characters are portrayed in quite unfortunately light. I get that it’s character-building, but Rob and his views towards women aren’t exactly fun to read.

I hoped from the last book that Melodía (the one main(ish) female character we have in offer) would be used better in this novel, and while she was seen more (I think), she’s set up to be quite stupid. I don’t believe she would have made all of those poor decisions (if she did, I didn’t feel there was adequate backstory to show why she felt that was the only or best option…) and she’s really more of a plot device than a developed character. I want to like her. I’ll be reading the third and last book in this series as it’s named ‘The Dinosaur Princess’ so surely, surely she gets a better chance in that one?

All of that aside, this book is better than the first. With the worldbuilding firmly in place we’re able to get more tidbits of extra layers, and as I either read for characters or worldbuilding I wasn’t disappointed.

This series really is excellent if you’re after decent battle scenes. They’re easy to follow and are immersive, gritty and with no holds barred – I really wouldn’t be surprised at any of the characters Milán disposes of, nor in the methods used, although I must admit that they seem mostly to be female or otherwise little-used characters… Get rid of Rob, Milán, and I’d be happy.

What keeps one reading in this book, is that with the worldbuilding now fully established as I mentioned before, the author is able to now dispense little clues to the mysteries and everything is starting to become clearer if you’re able to piece it all together. The angels, for one, and possibly what’s driving a few of our grey characters a little more.

If anyone struggles with this book, just get past the first 200 pages – then you won’t be able to put it down. Bring on the last book, I say.

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