30 review for When the children return

  1. 4 out of 5

    Felicia

    I’ve looked forward to book two of the Children of the Eye series since January and When the Children Return didn’t disappoint. A now-adult Sally leads the battle-ready group as the Athena returns to Earth to face the Axleth and reclaim their planet. It will be easier said than done. Even with the artificial intelligence Ares and his knowledge way beyond humanity’s imaginings, the fight will be daunting, perhaps even hopeless. Has Ares shared everything he knows with the humans? What does he know a I’ve looked forward to book two of the Children of the Eye series since January and When the Children Return didn’t disappoint. A now-adult Sally leads the battle-ready group as the Athena returns to Earth to face the Axleth and reclaim their planet. It will be easier said than done. Even with the artificial intelligence Ares and his knowledge way beyond humanity’s imaginings, the fight will be daunting, perhaps even hopeless. Has Ares shared everything he knows with the humans? What does he know about the mysterious ship that attacked the Athena and is following them to Earth? Doesn’t look as though the enemy of my enemy is my friend, but it will take battle, betrayal, and loss before the true enemy is identified. Nathan, our hero from book one is back, still not feeling like a hero. Haunted by his service in Afghanistan, even the small victory of saving some of Earth’s children doesn’t change him. Things get even worse for him when Lara goes missing and is presumed dead. But never count him out. The survivors can make this planned assault on their home planet because he got them out the first time and he’ll rise to the occasion when needed. Like Sally, many of the children who escaped are now adults, some with children of their own. But some have chosen to be augmented by Ares to assist with piloting the Athena, and now exist as something more than human. However, like in book one, it is man’s humanity that to me is the dominant theme of When the Children Return. Our differences separate us. Our differences lead us to shun, hate, and violence. But Barry Kirwan’s science fiction adventure proves when we have a common enemy and goal, those differences are meaningless and fade away. (So why do we allow them to do so much damage at all?) This fast-moving epic has several moments of ennui and regret, and sadness, but realistic characters and stellar writing not only lead to smooth transitions but also made this a one-sitting read for me. Bittersweet, yet hopeful, the ending is open enough for a book three, and I’m here for it! Enjoy!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    When the Children Return picks up the story of Nathan, Lara, Sally and the few hundred other adults and children that managed to escape from Earth on the space ship Athena, in order to avoid certain death at the hands of the alien Axleth invasion force. They have now spent ten years aboard Athena, working hard to prepare themselves for the forthcoming battle to retake their planet from its alien masters, and trying to live as normal a life as possible under unique circumstances. They are unsure When the Children Return picks up the story of Nathan, Lara, Sally and the few hundred other adults and children that managed to escape from Earth on the space ship Athena, in order to avoid certain death at the hands of the alien Axleth invasion force. They have now spent ten years aboard Athena, working hard to prepare themselves for the forthcoming battle to retake their planet from its alien masters, and trying to live as normal a life as possible under unique circumstances. They are unsure what they will find on their return, or even if humanity still exists at all, but the children that left ten years ago have been shaped into a fighting force to be reckoned with, now under the leadership of Sally - some with added enhancements courtesy of their AI host Ares. There is also the mystery surrounding a possible even greater enemy - The Eye. The battle for Earth is about to begin, but it's not always easy to tell who is your friend, or who is your enemy... I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in this series, When the Children Come, with its terrifying alien invasion and apocalyptic themes. This second book takes everything into space opera fun, with the characters we came to champion last time around ten years into their mission to become humanity's last hope, under the leadership of Sally, who is now their president despite her youth. Things have been far from easy on the Athena, and Ares still remains a mystery to many of his human guests, which does nothing to dispel the idea that he is hiding secrets about his intentions - there have definitely been some mysterious goings on, including some odd disappearances of those who didn't always agree with Ares' way of doing things, but Sally has grown to see him as her mentor, and she feels she needs to rely to his judgement if their attempt to retake Earth is to succeed. There are a lot of things I cannot divulge here about what lies instore for our human and enhanced human freedom fighters, or their enemies, but can tell you that Barry Kirwan throws almost everything at you in terms juicy themes about the potential pitfalls of AI technology, and most intriguingly takes the notion of 'the enemy of my enemy is my friend' into some very twisty and complex country. Many of the characters we came to know in the first book develop nicely in this instalment, and the children who were rescued now come into their own after the ten years they have spent in training. There is plenty of human interest in their stories, which allows Kirwan to explore some deep themes about survival, love, loss, and connection which really adds depth to the tale among all the sci-fi action - and there is a lot of cracking sci-fi action to enjoy! Second books in a series often suffer from being in the middle of the arc of a story, but I have to say that there is so much going on here in terms of tasty plotlines and character development that I actually found this very exciting and immersive. The action is relentless, fed by dollops of intrigue and the feeling of not quite knowing who to trust, and I could not put the book down until all the little twists and turns had worked themselves out, culminating in a very entertaining finale. Kirwan then gives a little glimpse of what comes next for our plucky heroes, as they take the war for survival into the heart of the lair of the big bad boss - The Eye. If you like your sci-fi full of spills, thrills and gripping scenes, with an added philosophical dimension to set your mind working, then this book has everything you are looking for. I cannot wait to see what Kirwan has up his sleeve for the final book!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Santiago Flores

    When the children return by author Kirwan is a sci-fi read that I really liked. Being the second book in the series, this is a very enjoyable installment and one that captured my attention from the very beginning. The characters were very well created and developed; most feel as real people. Moreover,  the pace is fast and perfect for this well and completely developed plot that left nothing to chance. The author’s writing style is quite unique; it transported me to where the action was and I co When the children return by author Kirwan is a sci-fi read that I really liked. Being the second book in the series, this is a very enjoyable installment and one that captured my attention from the very beginning. The characters were very well created and developed; most feel as real people. Moreover,  the pace is fast and perfect for this well and completely developed plot that left nothing to chance. The author’s writing style is quite unique; it transported me to where the action was and I could forget what was surrounding me.  It is a book to recommend because for those who like this genre this would be a must read. 

  4. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    This is the second book in the “Children of the Eye” series. It has been a while since I was really captivated by a fiction novel like this one. The plot dragged me completely from the beginning. Although sometimes I got lost with the names once I got the hang of it, I really like the storyline. I think author Barry Kirwan created very colorful scenarios with the spaceships, the war on Earth, the Axleth and everything around that. I imagined this read suiting very well with the young adult sci-f This is the second book in the “Children of the Eye” series. It has been a while since I was really captivated by a fiction novel like this one. The plot dragged me completely from the beginning. Although sometimes I got lost with the names once I got the hang of it, I really like the storyline. I think author Barry Kirwan created very colorful scenarios with the spaceships, the war on Earth, the Axleth and everything around that. I imagined this read suiting very well with the young adult sci-fi readers. Overall, I enjoyed the twist and turns through the whole book not giving the reader time to let the guard down.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Guy Wheatley

    This is the second book of the “Children of the Eye” series. I haven’t read the first book in the series, but found this book self contained enough to stand on its own. We quickly learn that twenty years before, an alien species devastated Earth. An Artificial Intelligence from a different species took several hundred people, mostly children, on a twenty year round trip giving them time to train, grow up, and make weapons to retake Earth. The story opens weeks before the return. But the humans b This is the second book of the “Children of the Eye” series. I haven’t read the first book in the series, but found this book self contained enough to stand on its own. We quickly learn that twenty years before, an alien species devastated Earth. An Artificial Intelligence from a different species took several hundred people, mostly children, on a twenty year round trip giving them time to train, grow up, and make weapons to retake Earth. The story opens weeks before the return. But the humans begin to suspect the AI may not be telling them the whole truth. Is it as benevolent as it purports to be? The aliens had used a particularly brutal method to win, and the survivors are deeply scarred. Kirwan’s characters are complex and interesting, shaped by their individual experiences. He deeply explores the psychological effects the trauma and loss has on people. The writing style is descriptive and easy to follow. The action is intense. This is well worth the time to read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Valery

    When the Children Return (Children of the Eye Book 2) by Barry Kirwan is an excellent science fiction book that not only entertains but builds on highly imaginative settings. This ability of the author renders this book eminently readable. You will get to know the well-described characters too. They are richly rendered and relatable. But it is the shocking opening is that pulls you in and compels you to read further. There's a ton of action, with clever and clear writing that makes it even more When the Children Return (Children of the Eye Book 2) by Barry Kirwan is an excellent science fiction book that not only entertains but builds on highly imaginative settings. This ability of the author renders this book eminently readable. You will get to know the well-described characters too. They are richly rendered and relatable. But it is the shocking opening is that pulls you in and compels you to read further. There's a ton of action, with clever and clear writing that makes it even more fascinating. As you read this second book in the series, you revisit familiar characters who face new challenges while they figure out who their enemies are. Great book and highly recommend.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Belmont

    When a first book in a series is a five star read, I often don’t know how it can get better. When The Children Return managed to blow my mind because the first book was amazing and this was incredible. I couldn’t get enough, and read this in one sitting. I recommend reading these novels in order because we are dropped back in with these characters to learn about what their new situations are like. I love the dialog and the well-rounded characters. I could go on and on, but no one wants to read a n When a first book in a series is a five star read, I often don’t know how it can get better. When The Children Return managed to blow my mind because the first book was amazing and this was incredible. I couldn’t get enough, and read this in one sitting. I recommend reading these novels in order because we are dropped back in with these characters to learn about what their new situations are like. I love the dialog and the well-rounded characters. I could go on and on, but no one wants to read a novel for a review. Check these books out. You won’t be disappointed!! Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for the free review copy. All opinions are my own and unbiased.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Susel

    When the children return (Children of the Eye Book 2), written by great author Barry Kirwan, is a terrific sequel that I enjoyed till the very last page. This is a story about a courageous girl who wants her planet back. The author has written a fast-paced story, filled with action and incredible and unexpected moments that blew my mind. I believe that in this opportunity, Barry has created wonderful characters with real emotions and life experiences, and that he provided them with more than eno When the children return (Children of the Eye Book 2), written by great author Barry Kirwan, is a terrific sequel that I enjoyed till the very last page. This is a story about a courageous girl who wants her planet back. The author has written a fast-paced story, filled with action and incredible and unexpected moments that blew my mind. I believe that in this opportunity, Barry has created wonderful characters with real emotions and life experiences, and that he provided them with more than enough danger to make things interesting. I think this never-stop action plot is yet another gift to us, readers, from Barry Kirwan. I truly recommend reading it!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Juan Manuel

    This is the second part of the series “Children of the Eye”, and I enjoyed it as much as the first one. It is a fascinating story of science fiction and adventure that I have been waiting for some time now. After the attack on planet Earth, a group of people, including the protagonist of this story, manage to escape on a spaceship commanded by a secret artificial intelligence. The brave and clever protagonist will be the leader of these refugees and together they will try to get their home back. This is the second part of the series “Children of the Eye”, and I enjoyed it as much as the first one. It is a fascinating story of science fiction and adventure that I have been waiting for some time now. After the attack on planet Earth, a group of people, including the protagonist of this story, manage to escape on a spaceship commanded by a secret artificial intelligence. The brave and clever protagonist will be the leader of these refugees and together they will try to get their home back. I look forward to reading the third part of this amazing story that I am sure will be unique and original.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mia C.

    This second book in the series called Children of the Eye, by Barry Kirwan, is very well written and I enjoyed the story from beginning to end. My only criticism is that it could be a bit shorter as I found some parts that, although weren’t boring, made the narrative extensive and slowed the pace a bit. The characters were the cherry on top in my opinion. They were developed and created in a great way. I really enjoyed their dialogues and how they reacted to the situations. I would like to keep on This second book in the series called Children of the Eye, by Barry Kirwan, is very well written and I enjoyed the story from beginning to end. My only criticism is that it could be a bit shorter as I found some parts that, although weren’t boring, made the narrative extensive and slowed the pace a bit. The characters were the cherry on top in my opinion. They were developed and created in a great way. I really enjoyed their dialogues and how they reacted to the situations. I would like to keep on reading books in the series. For this reason, I would recommend reading When the Children Return.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jane Turner

    This is the follow on to When the Children Come, which I reviewed back in January. Gave it 5 stars, and this second in the series is a worthy successor. When the Children Return starts 5 years after the spaceship Athena left Earth with (what’s expected to be) the last of uninfected humanity. We join the Athena at Proxima, and jump straight into intrigue and mystery – not everyone totally trusts the Ares AI that runs Athena. The tale twists and turns through a devastating loss, attack planning, th This is the follow on to When the Children Come, which I reviewed back in January. Gave it 5 stars, and this second in the series is a worthy successor. When the Children Return starts 5 years after the spaceship Athena left Earth with (what’s expected to be) the last of uninfected humanity. We join the Athena at Proxima, and jump straight into intrigue and mystery – not everyone totally trusts the Ares AI that runs Athena. The tale twists and turns through a devastating loss, attack planning, the attack itself, learning about the ‘new’ earth, and a couple of final twists that throw everything on its head… A LOT happens. If I’m completely honest, I didn’t enjoy this as much as the first. Yes, it was really good, and the story had me hooked. But the first chapters were difficult – the jump between child and adult Sally was a little jarring and took me a while to process. The battle planning and scenes are excellent (of course!) and the premise that grows out of this one is as great as the first. It seems to jump around, though, and there are many new characters to keep track of (along with some old ones). All in all, When the Children Return is Two Towers – very good, very intriguing, but things aren’t over yet. Not by a long shot. And I’m waiting impatiently to see what happens next. A worthy follow on that’s definitely worth a read.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Rimmelzwaan

    The Children Of The Eye Book 2, a novel that follows on from When The Children Come. I was quite excited to get my hands on this book, as I loved the first book. Well, Barry Kirwan again did not disappoint me! Barry Kirwans characters from the first book are now older and well developed. We see the children who were rescued ten years ago and have been in training since, start to fall into their places. Again, Barry has made them so relatable and brings the human issues that are so important to e The Children Of The Eye Book 2, a novel that follows on from When The Children Come. I was quite excited to get my hands on this book, as I loved the first book. Well, Barry Kirwan again did not disappoint me! Barry Kirwans characters from the first book are now older and well developed. We see the children who were rescued ten years ago and have been in training since, start to fall into their places. Again, Barry has made them so relatable and brings the human issues that are so important to everyone, love, loss, and their connections with each other. He brings so much depth to the book, with the characters and the amazing sci-fi action side by side. I loved the fact that I had no idea who I could trust, with the intrigue that was built along with the twists and turns as the story unfolded. The finale arrived too soon for me, though, as we are given a hint of what we can expect in the future when Barry releases the next book. I, for one, am looking forward to it. All in all, an immersive, action-packed book that again blurs the edges of what is sci-fi and what is real. This is a thrilling book that also makes you think. You couldn't ask for more from a sci-fi book if you wanted to.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Grymm Gevierre

    It usually takes a lot for me to get into science fiction. It has to really grab me immediately and throw me into the universe without completely destroying what makes the writing special. Kirwin knocks this book out of the park with that. It didn’t take long for me to feel the universe in this second installment in the Children of the Eye series. Kirwin has already established himself as a good writer. What really catapults him as a great writer is how he approaches this book. He grabs you as s It usually takes a lot for me to get into science fiction. It has to really grab me immediately and throw me into the universe without completely destroying what makes the writing special. Kirwin knocks this book out of the park with that. It didn’t take long for me to feel the universe in this second installment in the Children of the Eye series. Kirwin has already established himself as a good writer. What really catapults him as a great writer is how he approaches this book. He grabs you as soon as you start and keeps you invested, even when the action lulls. The adventures the displaced Earthlings endure after escaping on Athena as they zip through space are just…well…stellar. Puns aside, this is a phenomenal second installment. If you like science fiction and a diverse, rich cast, then pick up this book; of course, that’s after you pick up the first.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Alyson

    ‘When the children return (Children of the Eye Book 2)’ by Barry Kirwan is the second installment of the Children of the Eye books. I’ve been reading quite a few futuristic space sci-fi books recently, so I was excited to give this one a try and I wasn’t disappointed! It is an action-packed book that depicts a future where aliens have invaded Earth and a few hundred people were able to escape on a spaceship. It follows them and their plan to take back Earth and the twists and turns they encounte ‘When the children return (Children of the Eye Book 2)’ by Barry Kirwan is the second installment of the Children of the Eye books. I’ve been reading quite a few futuristic space sci-fi books recently, so I was excited to give this one a try and I wasn’t disappointed! It is an action-packed book that depicts a future where aliens have invaded Earth and a few hundred people were able to escape on a spaceship. It follows them and their plan to take back Earth and the twists and turns they encounter along the way. Kirwan’s writing is excellent, and he does a great job of creating dynamic characters with depth. Highly recommend!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Grady

    ‘We have this, It’s enough.’ – Superb science fiction writing! British author Barry Kirwan, now living outside of Paris, has written academic articles about preventing disasters in nuclear power plants, oil rigs, and aircraft (his work experience has been in air traffic and nuclear power safety), four text books on human error, and ten novels - THE EDEN PARADOX, EDEN’S TRIAL, EDEN’S REVENGE, EDEN’S ENDGAME, 66 METRES, 37 HOURS, 88 NORTH, THE DEAD TELL LIES, and his Children of the Eye - WHEN THE ‘We have this, It’s enough.’ – Superb science fiction writing! British author Barry Kirwan, now living outside of Paris, has written academic articles about preventing disasters in nuclear power plants, oil rigs, and aircraft (his work experience has been in air traffic and nuclear power safety), four text books on human error, and ten novels - THE EDEN PARADOX, EDEN’S TRIAL, EDEN’S REVENGE, EDEN’S ENDGAME, 66 METRES, 37 HOURS, 88 NORTH, THE DEAD TELL LIES, and his Children of the Eye - WHEN THE CHILDREN COME, and now volume two WHEN THE CHILDREN RETURN. He writes under two names – J.F. Kirwan for thrillers and Barry Kirwan for science fiction novels. Electing to open this continuing saga with a Prologue that reinforces the readers’ attention to the reflections of the initial book, Barry takes science fiction writing to a new level. His polished prose lingers over character creation assures the recognition of the validity of the human aspects of the ‘children.’ The new story opens as follows: ‘I do want to have children with you, Michael. I really do. Someday,’ Sally whispered, Michael asleep next to her. He couldn’t hear her words. Except perhaps through a dream that would vanish upon waking, leaving no trace. Recently, as Earth finally drew near, Michael would hint now and again. She’d change the subject, pretend she hadn’t heard. She knew he got it. She couldn’t consider having children, not yet, not until every Axleth was dead, because she’d seen, as Michael had, as all the first-wavers had, what their own parents had been brainwashed into doing. The Axleth had really done a number on humanity. Kill all the kids….’ This intriguing moment suggests the progress of the saga. The provided synopsis of the book’s tale serves the novel well: ‘A decade ago, ten-year-old Sally watched helplessly as the brutal Axleth invaded Earth, brainwashing adults and exterminating children. She and a few hundred others escaped aboard the spaceship Athena, piloted by the secretive Artificial Intelligence who calls himself Ares. Now, as they approach Earth, she leads her fearless band of refugees determined to take back their home at any cost. But much has changed on Earth. Finding allies willing to rise up against the Axleth stranglehold will be difficult. And as they near the Solar System, the Athena is tracked and attacked by an enemy ship. Something has followed them from the depths of space. As war erupts on Earth, Sally’s small army must show more courage than they knew they possessed, and Sally herself must come to terms with what it truly means to be a battle commander, and decide exactly how much she is willing to sacrifice to win back her planet.’ Barry Kirwan understands the importance of allowing the reader to identify with the human characters – a trait that then opens the imagination and involvement in the sci-fi elements. This series is delivered with such style that it transports us into a world so credible that we feel as though we are physically accompanying the characters. Simply excellent!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Colin Garrow

    Ten years on from the invasion of Earth by the Axleth, Nathan, Sally and the others, along with their AI pilot Ares, are heading for home. Intending to take back their planet whatever the cost, they soon encounter problems when they find the Athena is being tracked by an enemy ship. Can Sally live up to everyone’s expectations as commander and lead the crew to victory? This is book 2 in the Children of the Eye series, book 1 being When the Children Come. As with the first book, Barry Kirwan demon Ten years on from the invasion of Earth by the Axleth, Nathan, Sally and the others, along with their AI pilot Ares, are heading for home. Intending to take back their planet whatever the cost, they soon encounter problems when they find the Athena is being tracked by an enemy ship. Can Sally live up to everyone’s expectations as commander and lead the crew to victory? This is book 2 in the Children of the Eye series, book 1 being When the Children Come. As with the first book, Barry Kirwan demonstrates his skill as a storyteller, as well as an ability to bring a sense of realism to his tale, despite the fact that the story starts in a spaceship. Although I reckon this could be read as a standalone, if you’re not familiar with the first book, I’d highly recommend it, especially as there’s a bit of a twist early on with this one. The author’s skill extends to creating a narrative filled with concepts unknown to us mere earthlings, yet he manages to make it all sound perfectly normal, without resorting to the usual sci-fi cliches. My only criticism is that compared to Book 1, where things got off to an exciting start, the story this time around seemed to take quite a while to get going, and therefore didn’t engage me quite as much as I’d hoped. A clever and interesting book that’ll please sci-fi fans everywhere.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Huda

    This book combined AI and humans into a thrilling plot that falls in the sci-fi category. Once I started reading, it was hard to put the book down. The most interesting part was how the author explored feelings, thoughts, trauma and loss within the book. The imagery was gripping and made me feel like I could see everything that was happening there. Themes of trust, mistrust and conflict also arise throughout the plot. These themes are strengthened with the help of powerful and expressive charact This book combined AI and humans into a thrilling plot that falls in the sci-fi category. Once I started reading, it was hard to put the book down. The most interesting part was how the author explored feelings, thoughts, trauma and loss within the book. The imagery was gripping and made me feel like I could see everything that was happening there. Themes of trust, mistrust and conflict also arise throughout the plot. These themes are strengthened with the help of powerful and expressive characters that exhibit depth of thought as well. I think this would be an enjoyable read for anyone who likes sci-fi genre and questionable situations that make you wonder what if this actually happened in the future? Would I be able to handle this?

  18. 5 out of 5

    Nela

    “When the children return” is the second book in the Children of the Eye series, by author Barry Kirwan, and a great cyberpunk reading. To begin with, this author writes skilfully with vivid imagery and creating details that lead readers on a fantastic visual journey. The world building in this saga is amazing. He perfectly weaved action, suspense and fantasy in a really engaging plot. Moreover, the fast and steady pace of the story makes it perfect for any science fiction fan. It is a plot that i “When the children return” is the second book in the Children of the Eye series, by author Barry Kirwan, and a great cyberpunk reading. To begin with, this author writes skilfully with vivid imagery and creating details that lead readers on a fantastic visual journey. The world building in this saga is amazing. He perfectly weaved action, suspense and fantasy in a really engaging plot. Moreover, the fast and steady pace of the story makes it perfect for any science fiction fan. It is a plot that is just laced with intrigue and suspense. And the information and reveals trickle in at a maddening pace that kept me biting my nails throughout the course of the novel. All in all, I enjoyed this second book very much and I will definitely recommend reading the whole series

  19. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    Being the second book in the Children of the Eye saga, "When the children return" is a compelling science fiction novel. This genre is one of my favorites and every time I find more surprising books than the previous ones. In this incredible story, the author Barry Kirwan introduces us to Sally, a young woman who returns to Earth after it was invaded. Her bravery and her desire to recover the Earth make Sally and her small army draw strength from where they do not have to fight. I can't wait to re Being the second book in the Children of the Eye saga, "When the children return" is a compelling science fiction novel. This genre is one of my favorites and every time I find more surprising books than the previous ones. In this incredible story, the author Barry Kirwan introduces us to Sally, a young woman who returns to Earth after it was invaded. Her bravery and her desire to recover the Earth make Sally and her small army draw strength from where they do not have to fight. I can't wait to read all the books in the series! I recommend this novel without a doubt.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Moyetpage

    When the Children Return is another great book by Barry Kirwan, and as much as I loved the first book in the Children of the Eye series, I thought this one was even better. Kirwan has the ability to create visual landscapes in his writing making it so easy for me to picture the scenes playing out in my head. I really hope these books are given a big-screen adaption at some point, but for now I’ll continue devouring the books. The pacing is pretty fast, but not in a way that makes the sci-fi elem When the Children Return is another great book by Barry Kirwan, and as much as I loved the first book in the Children of the Eye series, I thought this one was even better. Kirwan has the ability to create visual landscapes in his writing making it so easy for me to picture the scenes playing out in my head. I really hope these books are given a big-screen adaption at some point, but for now I’ll continue devouring the books. The pacing is pretty fast, but not in a way that makes the sci-fi elements difficult to process, which is a problem I’ve found with similar books in the past. A definite 5 stars from me, and I’m an official Kirwan fan now if I wasn’t already.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Evelin Workowski

  22. 4 out of 5

    Alex

  23. 5 out of 5

    Yong Kampe

  24. 5 out of 5

    Carol Ledlie

  25. 5 out of 5

    Harris Zervos

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tobias Rheingans

  27. 4 out of 5

    Bernetta Kimme

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ervin Delekta

  29. 4 out of 5

    Scot Marcott

  30. 4 out of 5

    Winston Oesterle

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