Billy: Seeker of Powers by Michaelbrent Collings made me very unhappy. I really loved Messenger of Powers where we were introduced to Billy and the world of the Powers, people with magic living undetected in our world. However, what I liked most about the first book was Billy himself. He’s small and has no powers of his own, but he’s feisty and fights through his own shortcomings.
That character is effectively gone by the end of Seeker of Powers, and I was not at all pleased with what we were left with. Additionally, while the first book focused a lot on the unique world that Collings has created, this second one was absolutely obsessed with the weird Arthurian underpinnings of the mythology. And frankly, unless you’re The Dark is Rising, Lost Years of Merlin, or some other series rooted in Britain’s weird mythology, King Arthur has no place in your book.
To make matters worse, Collings goes on a killing spree against his characters (not only nipping in the bud a lot of the potentially-interesting character relationships that began to develop in the first book, but doing so in ways that aren’t fully explained), pulls another random villain swap (but this time without having the villain be anyone we had even met before), brings about Armageddon with nary a care, and (sin of sins) ends on a huge cliffhanger.
This was deeply disappointing to me, to the point that I’m having trouble recommending even the first book, despite greatly enjoying it at the time. I will not be finishing this trilogy (or series, or whatever it’s intended to be).
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