A self-consciously epic tale of good versus evil, Chris Stewart’s Great and Terrible – The Complete Series offers a timely warning of the dangers of economic, cultural and political catastrophe. Some readers might be a little deterred by the strong religious element, but that aside, there’s no denying that Stewart’s series – collected together in this volume – is certainly a powerful piece of work.
Some of that power comes from the fact that the narrative is keenly tuned in to that age-old battle between good and evil. Nobody could accuse Chris Stewart of thinking small: this is a book that spans all of humanity’s history, and poses questions about where we go from here. By the end of the series, a head of epic drama has developed that is almost impossible to resist.
Great and Terrible – The Complete Series will probably divide audiences. It’s certainly a bombastic story that could alienate readers with different sensibilities, and Stewart writes very well and with an engaging tone. But if you’re looking for a huge, epic narrative about good versus evil, with perhaps not too many shades of grey, then this is the book for you.
Star rating for Great and Terrible – The Complete Series: 4 stars.
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