Eternity’s Wheel by Neil Gaiman, Michael Reaves and Mallory Reaves
And so the InterWorld series comes to a close. Eternity’s Wheel, as with it’s predecessors, is enjoyable enough but was hamstrung by the fact that it felt like a side project and that full effort wasn’t being done justice to the excellent central premise.
FrostNight has been released and the entire Multiverse is slowly being wiped out. InterWorld is lost and Joey is on the run on his home Earth. He takes it upon himself to rebuild InterWorld, to try to put a stop to FrostNight and the machinations of the Binary and HEX. To do this he must find new, undiscovered Walkers and gain the help of allies old and new to stand a chance against the forces arrayed against him.
This is an epic story, but once again everything felt truncated and perfunctory. Everything happens so quickly, but not in a way that keeps things exciting. The whole thing feels rushed as we’re introduced to characters and expected to invest in them with little time or effort. It’s not that this book isn’t entertaining, or that I was bored whilst reading it, it’s simply the frustrating sense of missed opportunity which pervades the entire book. The writing itself is good, with action scenes in particular being the best that they’ve ever been. The dialogue is snappy and the worldbuilding good, with the whole thing holding together rather well considering that three writers collaborated on this book.
Probably the best part of this book is the development of Joey as a character. His character arc has been predictable but satisfying; that predictability makes sense, with inevitability being one of the key themes of the series. Joey shifts from your standard YA protagonist to something more interesting here as he is forced to take the burden of command. Not to sound like a broken record, but we could have done with more of this, but the authors do well with what they have. The supporting cast are thinly dawn but likable, if not particularly memorable.
Eternity’s Wheel is a light, breezy read which is enjoyable enough but not something which lingers in the imagination. If you want something light and fun then this may be the ticket, but I can’t really recommend it for much more than that.