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Reviewed by Lex Allen for Readers' Favorite
The second novel in the Ages of Malice series, A Measure of Rhyme does not pick up exactly where the first novel ended; rather, it kicks off a parallel storyline that links seamlessly with book one, A Portion of Malice, to continue a fascinating tale that features Biblical characters in entirely different roles while maintaining an evil versus good world domination theme. I read, and with great pleasure, five-star reviewed A Portion of Malice. In that review, I mentioned Lloyd Jeffries’ writing style as a mixture of Stephen King, Dan Brown, and (without the slightest stretch) Dante’s Divine Comedy not as poetry or in the plot, but prose that alludes well to Dante’s leitmotif presented in the major parts of Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. Yes, seriously!
What fascinates and simultaneously creates a page-turning, never want to stop to eat or sleep-reading experience is the twisted (story-wise, in a good way) characterizations of ancient Biblical characters by Lloyd Jeffries. From Drake aka Cain (the son of Adam) to Longinus (the Roman centurion who oversaw Jesus’ crucifixion) immortals in league with Satan working to ultimately win the never-ending war of evil versus good. The lead and title character Rhyme is an especially fascinating character. Like Katniss of Hunger Games fame, she’s a woman whose multiple skills provide a serious threat to the secret society and the immortal leader’s plans. A Measure of Rhyme is a fast-paced, ever-twisting tale that at once provides a thrilling read full of the all-important, however illusional, sense of reality, aka verisimilitude. A Measure of Rhyme presents a sensational continuation of the series. I am eagerly anticipating the next installment.