Tuesday 26 May 2009

The Gorgon's Gaze by Julia Golding

Pages - 340
Published by Oxford University Press in 2006
Challenge - Once Upon a Time and 100+ challenge.
This book is the second in the Companion Quartet series, where we find Connie the Universal Companion learning how to use her powers as a companion to all mythical creatures. I read and reviewed the first book here.
Connie's parents are concerned about the amount of time she is spending with the Society and calls on the help of her elderly great aunt Godiva to take Connie away from the Society. So Connie is whisked away in the middle of her training to protect her life from Kullervo who tried to kill her in the first book. Connie's aunt keeps her trapped in her house and she is unable to see any of her friends or go to school.
Whilst Connie is trapped, the rest of the society are desperately trying to save the local forest from being cut down in order to build a road. Especially Col's mum, who will stop at nothing to protect her universal companion, the Gorgon, who goes their to nest each year. Col's mother manages to trick Col into helping Connie escape and bringing her directly to Kullervo, who has promised to help her companion if Connie becomes his property.
I have to say, I didn't really enjoy this book as much as the first. The first one I had found to be quite dynamic and a real page turning thriller, where as this one seemed to be much the same and I was finding it quite boring by the end.
I imagine it is quite hard to write sequels to excellent books without repeating yourself, however I was very disappointed that there wasn't anything new in this one. I would have liked to see the story of Connie become deeper with each book, in the same way that other sequels do, where you learn more about how they came to be who they are.
This book is definitely not as good as the first and I don't feel that I want to continue reading this series, which is a shame as I really did enjoy the first book.
Has anyone else started to read a series of books, enjoyed the first one and then been disappointed by the next?


  1. Not what can think of, but I am sure I have read some. Cos teh first book can be great, the 2nd just make you forget you ever read it

  2. Oh, it's so disappointing when things like that happen. I can't think of anything off the top of my head, but I think it's often the same with films. Sometimes, people should just leave well alone!

  3. Aw, it's too bad this was such a disappointment. I can't think of an example at the moment, but yes, that has happened to me before.

  4. That's too bad Viv. It is really disappointing when that happens. I've had some in the series that I haven't liked as much but they've not been bad enough to stop me from reading the next one yet.

  5. I've been disappointed in the sequel during a series before but not too often. Sorry this one didn't present anything new :(

  6. Sorry I'm behind on blogging, but I promise to get up a mister linky tomorrow! I look forward to your thoughts!

  7. sorry to hear you didnt enjoy this one as much as the other one in the series. that is dissapointing.

  8. Mr. Linky is back up and running. I've added this title for you. :) Thanks for letting me know!


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