Thunderbird: Miriam Black #4
Thunderbird by Chuck Wendig
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Miriam Black is BACK! Book four in the series from Chuck Wendig is finally out after an exceptionally long break. We pick up the story shortly after the end of the last. I would recommend that if your memory is even remotely spotty on the history, you go back and read the last one before starting this one.
Miriam is trying to find a woman that may be able to help rid her of her curse. Of course, in true Miriam fashion, things do not go as smoothly as they should. She gets caught up with some bad guys on accident (as she does) and gets sucked into their drama.
While the base of the main character is there, I felt like Wendig took her down a couple of notches. Perhaps this is meant to be part of the character’s development, but it seemed as though some of the fight and sass that we know and love has been toned down. Whether this was done purposefully or not it provides another layer of depth to Miriam as a person. It shows that a person can’t be “on” 100% of the time.
Maybe it’s just me, but I’m still a little confused about the bird portion of things. Is she turning into birds? Or just occupying their minds? How is this meant to lend itself to the story other than to take up space?
I liked the story-line but I wanted something more intricate and complicated. My other issue is that the titles of the chapters weren’t as entertaining as they have been in the past. I’m not even sure that’s a real complaint though. Even though I was moderately disappointed with the book overall, that ending rocked me. I don’t mean the resolution to the plot, I’m talking about the set up for the next book, whenever that might be. “Oh, Shit” indeed.
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