They say the third time’s the charm.
They forget it's the charm of evil.
I didn’t ask for this to happen. I didn’t mean for it to happen either. But it happened. I’m trapped now, in a world that I don’t understand.
And there’s no way out.
My name is Zoran Diablo, and my life has become ten times harder yet again. A mysterious energy signature showed up two days ago. Its origins? Unknown. That was the first sign of the calamity to come. I should have realized it when that island rose from the lake, but I didn’t. I should have realized it when that woman first appeared, but I didn’t. And now I pay the price.
They say Time picks the strongest men, and then brings them to their knees. I have lived here many millennia. It is my turn now.
My Opinion: 250 pages, $3.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited
The story starts off two months after the end of the last book. Zoran has unlocked the second spirit lock and has resurrected an ancient dragon and made him a part of his team. While investigating an odd spiritual energy, Zoran and his team find a lady in white that they think is an eternal and then suddenly they’re all thrown into the past. Not just any past either. It’s the time of the great Eternal Dragon war. Can Zoran find out who pulled them into the past and get back home?
Yes and no. Yes, they find out who pulled them into the past but they spend 87% of the novel finding him and they’re basically sent there everyone except their own efforts. No, they don’t go home.
As soon as this story shifted into time travel I knew there were going to be problems. Either back in the past, they were going to change the future or they were going to be relatively boring and obey the temporal prime directive and stay away from all the cool stuff that happened during that war. That’s generally how these time travel episodes go. In this case, it’s the more boring of the two options.
There are a lot of action scenes. The characters fight some creatures that help them level up but most of the fights just don’t matter to the story and seem like they're inserted as things for the characters to do. As has been the case with previous novels in the series, most of the plot progress is almost accidental with a variety of characters from the past, including uber powerful past phantom lord, literally pointing the way to the guy who pulled them into the past.
Even the final boss fight is sort of a magic wand situation where the main character accidentally discovers just the right thing that lets him escape.
Overall, while the action is well written, there are just too many magic wands solving the main character's problems for me to enjoy the series anymore.
Score: 6 out of 10.