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Now I have only finished Raven's Gate, Evil Star and started on Nightrise, so this review will only focus on Raven's Gate pointing out the good and the bad if you're wondering this is the book for you.
Now story wise, Raven's Gate isn't entirely original. It is built of many mainstream tropes in fact complete with The Chosen One. But even if the story could have been more creative, the way it was presented was what's impressive. Horowitz managed to write out the dialogue and events so neatly to pipe up the chilling and dramatic feel. The plot structure was much like most mystery thriller with the beginning being about strange occurrences followed by unraveling the mystery, but the exposition builds up to the following action spectacularly. There are a couple of twists and it's neat seeing how Matt's discoveries adds up to the evil plot of the villains.
The characters were a stronger point of the book in my opinion. Though the villains were quite unclear on their motive, it's the good guys who gets the most development, even if it's just a few of them. Richard was basically a skeptic and it's pretty blatant in the books as well, but that's what makes it fun, seeing how he reacts to the events. Matt was the Woobie who was nice to connect to, even having a Tearjerking past and it's sweet seeing the friendship that builds between him and Richard as well, even with the short time they known each other. They are definitely one of my most loved duos in literature. Also, even with the serious nature of the books, the characters can also occasionally be humorous which of course is a plus.
So there you have it, Raven's Gate is a chilling read with some great characters and drama. Evil Star was decent but not as great though, but I did enjoy the addition of Pedro. I might review more books but don't expect them any time soon.
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