I read the first book in this trilogy, The Land of Dreams, a year ago. I had some quibbles with it, but given the lovely writing of place involving Minnesota's North Shore, a place near and dear to my heart, I thought I would give the second book a try.
Only the Dead is a bewildering second part of a trilogy. I've been scratching my head, wondering: is it a bad translater? It's the same person who translated Land of Dreams, so I don't think so.
It picks up exactly where the first book left off, but for 150 pages (short book), very little happens. Or rather, what little happens is rehashed again, and again, and again. The main character has the same trains of thought over and over. There's an alternate storyline going on, taking place back in 1892, but it too is dragged out, overly long, and honestly, that storyline is told in the first person and sounds anachronistic.
If you do read this book, bundle up--there are endless descriptions of people out in the snow and cold, nearly freezing to death. That should be gripping, but it drags, and the book feels very long--odd for such a short book.
At the very end, something happens that clearly sets up the final book in the trilogy. Will I read it? Maybe. I'd like to see how it all plays out. But I'd also like a book that isn't drowning in its own repetitiveness.
My thanks to the publisher for providing me a copy via NetGalley.