The chase and hunt is on again. I’ve been anticipating the release of this book ever since I’ve finished reading the second book. It’s a good thing that local bookstores released the book in line with the internationally-advertised release date. Of course, I didn’t waste my time leaving the book unread – it’s begging to be read right after I bought a copy! So, without further ado, here’s the plot description from the back cover of the book:
When seven members of his family were kidnapped by the Vespers, thirteen-year-old Dan Cahill knew he was in for the fight of his life. He knew he was up against an impossibly powerful enemy. And Dan knew the odds were that some of his family members wouldn’t make it.
But even as Dan steels himself to accept these facts, the unthinkable happens. The Vespers capture a blameless bystander – Dan’s best friend Atticus. With an innocent life on the line, Dan kicks off a frantic hunt that will take him from the back alleys of Prague to the rock caves of Turkey. But Dan better find Atticus fast. If he doesn’t, his best friend will surely die.
The story just keeps getting more and more interesting as it progresses. Atticus has been kidnapped by the Vespers, and the Cahills just have to find a way to get him back. At the same time, Amy and Dan are given a task to find an object requested by Vesper One within a limited time. Otherwise, one of the hostages will be killed. In this book, readers will begin to notice that the Rosenbloom brothers are given a bigger role as compared to the previous ones. How significant, exactly, are the brothers in relation to the Cahills? And why is Atticus called the Guardian? No certain answers have been made yet, but I’m sure they will slowly be revealed in the next books.
I’m impressed that the book retains its educational aspect, including historical information which makes the book more enjoyable to read. It’s kind of disappointing, though, that there are fewer thought-provoking puzzles to be solved by Amy and Dan. I guess the book’s more focused on the hostages, the kidnapping of Atticus, and on the Vespers. Moreover, Dan has become more distant from his surroundings than ever. He’s not the usual Dan I know from the first series. This act alone evidently shows that he changed.
All in all, this book did not fail to amaze me. Despite the various authors writing the books in the series, coherency in the story is still maintained. Plus, I’m beginning to like the Rosenbloom brothers, too. Atticus is smart even at such a young age and Jake, on the other hand, proves to be a protective and caring brother. After reading this book, I can confidently say that I’m happily rooting for Jake and Amy’s budding relationship. Although Amy has Evan as her current boyfriend, there’s something about Evan that I’m not comfortable with. To be honest, there’s a part in the book which I felt that Evan might be one of the Vespers. I may be wrong, but who knows, there’s still this possibility that I’m right.
In addition to this, major questions formulated boils down to this: Is Arthur Josiah Trent (Amy and Dan’s father) really Vesper One? What is the deeper meaning behind AJT’s message to Dan to suspend judgment, that the whole story is always more complex than its parts and asks Dan to wait? Is AJT the initial of Amy and Dan’s father? These are the questions that are still left unsolved. I can’t wait for the next book! I hope I can find the answers soon!