This saga consists of 8 books:
1 – A Question of Will
2 – Preserving Hope
3 – Ascent of the Aliomenti
4 – Birth of the Alliance
5 – Preserving Will
6 – Stark Cataclysm
7 – Convergence
8 – Adam’s Journey (sequel)
Aliomenti proved to be one of those sagas that completely destroys my sleep schedules. As much as I told myself that I was going to read only one or two chapters before bed, I ended up reading at least five, sometimes more.
The story begins when Will, a millionaire philanthropist of great intelligence, sees his family being murdered, being himself captured as well and also facing life threatening. However Will is saved from this situation by a group of people who show him a whole new reality. The path he will follow from that moment on is completely unimaginable to him.
There is a constant and pertinent lack of information that keeps our curiosity sharp and the desire to read a little more, to know just a little more … How that person was there; How is this situation possible; Where did this information came from; how is it possible that things can be solved after something like this happens? Each chapter leaves us with enough questions to greedily want to read the next.
The plot is quite intelligent and at the same time manages to maintain a certain simplicity that makes the story easy to follow. Considering that the story unfolds over twelve centuries, the author, Alex Albrinck, demonstrates a great mastery in selecting which events are relevant and which events (sometimes decades) can be omitted without a lost to the story comprehension, giving temporal leaps which in no way diminish the quality of the narration.
Like any story that involves time travel, there are many events that need to be consistent and the author achieves that in a fabulous way. When we find that we have encountered an incongruity, we come to realize a few chapters ahead that everything make sense after all. This is not to say that there is no inconsistency in the book, but the few that I have found are not related to time travel.
That said … The end of the saga was a disappointment. It’s not that the ending itself is bad (although it is not one of my preference, I think the basic idea is actually quite good) but after six and a half quite overwhelming books, the way the final part unfolds is just poor. The kind of writing and describing events that led me to read eight books in the space of a month disappears and suddenly everything seems a bit uninteresting. There is too much focus on some situations, total lack of focus on others. There is a particular event that has such a stupid development that it made me wonder if the author has just been too lazy to think of an interesting way to solve the situation (and just when I thought it would be interesting). In addition, I found some situations a bit forced. All this gains even more weight when we recognize in the author the ability to do much better.
Despite all this I highly recommend the saga. Just advise you to enjoy each book without waiting for the great and surprising ending that I was waiting for.
(The english translation is made by me so, if you see anything that needs correction, please let me know)
Tânia Gomes, Mystic Wings
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