Once again thank you so much to Angry Robot for introducing me to another great author and allowing me to participate in their online book tours!!
Prison of Sleep is Tim Pratt’s followup to Doors of Sleep, review can be seen here. While I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first book, I think it’s a solid duology and would definitely recommend reading them for fans of the genre!
Bookish Quick Facts:
- Title: Prison of Sleep
- Series: The Journals of Zaxony Delatree #2
- Author: Tim Pratt
- Publisher & Release: Angry Robot, 4/26/22
- Length: 400 pages (p.s. what is it with Angry Robot and 400 pages?? Stay tuned while I continue to nag them on twitter for answers regarding this utmost mystery LOL)
- Rate & Recommend: 🌟🌟🌟⚡for fans of sci-fi adventures, the multiverse
Here’s the synopsis via GoodReads:
After escaping the ruthless Lector, Zax Delatree has a new enemy to fight in the sequel to Doors of Sleep.
Every time Zaxony Delatree falls asleep he wakes up on a new world. His life has turned into an endless series of brief encounters. But at least he and Minna, the one companion who has found a way of travelling with him, are no longer pursued by the psychotic and vengeful Lector.
But now Zax has been joined once again by Ana, a companion he thought left behind long ago. Ana is one of the Sleepers, a group of fellow travellers between worlds. Ana tells Zax that he is unknowingly host to a parasitic alien that exists partly in his blood and partly between dimensions. The chemical that the alien secretes is what allows Zax to travel. Every time he does, however, the parasite grows, damaging the fabric of the Universes. Anas is desperate to recruit Zax to her cause and stop the alien.
But there are others who are using the parasite, such as the cult who serve the Prisoner – an entity trapped in the dimension between universes. Every world is like a bar in its prison. The cult want to collapse all the bars of the worlds and free their god. Can Zax, Minna, Ana and the other Sleepers band together and stop them?
I believe it is hard to talk about sequels without hinting at spoilers, so I will keep this review very broad and not spoil anything!
The Plot & Story: I definitely think that idea wise, Prison of Sleep was the more interesting of the two books. We get the history of both the Cult of the Worm and of The Sleepers. While Zax’s storyline was equally interesting and engaging, Ana’s ended up being more of an info dump that unfortunately slowed the story down and also confused me relentlessly regarding the timelines. (I mentally confused Zax’s battle with the attack on Sleeperhold at first and contextually it was hard to s
I won’t spend a ton of time on world building, but as far as history goes and my understanding of the book’s multiverse – A+ by the end. This is one of the more interesting creation stories I have read – I just can’t discuss it for spoilers.
The Characters: Ana is the most prominent new character. Her point of view is introduced and used to fill in our knowledge gaps as she tells of her travels, training, and experiences with the Sleepers. That said, I just wasn’t as interested in her and her voice sounded a lot like Zax’s at times.
Zaveta was Zax’s new travelling partner and I liked her! She was funny without meaning to be, and occasionally when she meant to be. Her warrior attributes were a good counterbalance to Zax’s unaggressive approach.
One thing was that Zax didn’t really get to be the hero in this one – I think I expected him to be the hero. Don’t we always expect the MC’s to be the hero? ((Food for thought)). It didn’t affect my rating but struck me that he was more of the passive observer this time while dear, dear Minna and Vicki came back in a big way this time.
I also continued to like the chapter headlines as a summary of coming events!
Overall: This duology is good for fans of the multiverse, sci-fi adventures, and unconventional heroes. There is plenty of recap incase anyone forgot important parts of book one, but this is not going to read as a standalone. My main issue came with Ana’s POV and how she inadvertently confused my timelines – 100% on me. The book is out now for everyone interested!