Reilly has crafted a fantastic follow-up to The Four Legendary Kingdoms. The clever mix of history, mythology and geography make this one of the best action-thrillers published in the past few years. For full enjoyment, read the previous book, but even picking up this one first will make a reader’s heart race. The ending also reveals the story isn’t over, and that’s a good thing. This novel is the perfect 'beach read' for the upcoming winter months.
The Three Secret Cities is hard to put down, and is so fast-moving that you may need to go back and review what has gone before in order to grasp what is happening. Be that as it may, Reilly’s writing and plotting skills truly shine here, and I cannot wait for the cliffhanger to be resolved in the next book.
It’s all balderdash, of course, but it’s lovingly crafted balderdash, perfectly paced and completely convincing (for balderdash, that is). Perfect fare for fans of James Rollins’ Sigma Force series, although it should be noted that Reilly’s novels are (intentionally) less grounded in reality than Robbins’. A breathless adventure, well told.