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The Holy Grail War: The Hedgehog

The Holy Grail War: The Hedgehog by Armanis Ar-Feinial was an interesting story. The ideas surrounding the Holy Grail, Pandora's Box and King Arthur were all intriguing areas of the story. However, it was difficult to ascertain what was happening at times as the story felt disjointed. The mystery and intrigue surrounding the Grail, Pandora and King Arthur are all incredibly interesting areas and had the book dealt more with these themes, it would have been excellent. Instead of just mentioning them in passing and not establishing how it all relates. At times it seemed like there were three different stories being told simultaneously, but they were not connected in the plot well enough to articulate one incredible story. As a reader I could see that the plots may come together in the future, but it did not happen in the book and left the story a bit underwhelming and made some characters and scenarios seem a bit pointless. Having said this, the book unpacked the horrors of war well and the irreparable damage it does to a human being both mentally and physically. As the author stipulated in the reflections in the book very few stories discuss the impact of posttraumatic stress disorder and the displacement of veterans once they return from service. Those parts of the story were done well and could have carried the whole book. Instead of the different stories trying to be told in one book. If you enjoy stories of war and destruction this could be the book for you.

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