The first thing I’d like to say about Epitaphs, by Therin Knite, is that the electronic edition is beautifully formatted. I’ve seen some formatting stinkers in my day missing TOC or odd margins. Not the case with Epitaphs: even the scene breaks looks clean.
On to the story: Unlike with Echoes, I immediately knew what was going on. The killer echo in Epitaphs reminded me of some of the old horror movies before we had server farms rendering monsters. Back then, we couldn’t make realistic monsters and by using camera angles, we never really saw the monster. This left us, as the moviegoer, to imagine the worst thing our subconscious could come up with. Something truly terrifying was what we came up with, and no two people saw the same monster. Ms. Knite does an excellent job of providing just enough information, but not too much to allow our imagination to fill in the grey spaces. I’m not sure if this was a specific intention on Ms. Knite’s part, but it definitely worked in Epitaphs.
Adem Adamend departed the arrogant character that he was in Echoes. He’s still arrogant, but he seemed out of his element, and that resulted in several situations that were cringe-worthy – not because of anything other than I imagined myself in the same situation and would’ve made different decisions. Whereas he was extremely likable in Echoes, I found a certain level of incompetence displayed to be inconsistent with what I knew from the previous book. This didn’t make me dislike him or the character, but reminded me that characters, like people, have many foibles.
Epitaphs filled in more back-story on all the characters and the world, and did it in such a way as to not be a huge info-dump. As Ms. Knite painted several characters that followed us from Echoes, I still want to know more about the history of them, specifically Jin.
Epitaphs is another four-star read. It leaned more towards the sci-fi side than Echoes leaned towards mystery. I’m waiting impatiently for Encodings, the third book in the Echoverse.