Another book down in this fantastic Walking Dead book series! I originally thought there would only be four in the series, but there are more. As far as I know, this is the concluding book of the Governor’s story, and the series then continues with the story of Lily.
The fourth episode of this book series is definitely more explosive than the rest as we get into the war between Woodbury and the prison. There is no holding back as the Governor is hell-bent on revenge on Michonne and Rick for their invasion of Woodbury and for his mutilation. The central character of the story remains Lilly Caul, a resident of Woodbury, struggling to decide which side she should be on. Amongst the battle, we shouldn’t forget the walkers, who still remain a large threat to any plans for attack the Governor may have.
This book is obviously an early precursor for the battle at the prison, although the circumstances are vastly different from the TV series. The Governor leads the residents of Woodbury, who all subscribe to his plan of revenge even if he is a little insane. After seeing the mutilated and tortured body of the Governor, Lilly feels justice needs to be served and steps up as a leader despite previous quarrels with the Governor’s reign over Woodbury. Lilly has her own personal issues including pregnancy and keeping a leaderless town from running amok. She is a very interesting and powerful character, it’s a shame only her name really made it into the series. The Lily Chambler we know from the TV series is perhaps a little bit less of an important than Lilly Caul, although one, all important action remains consistent. Expect to hear a few familiar names knocking around although maybe not appearances as such, the subtle mention is enough to let you know that you are still in the same universe as the TV series.
The style and description remained strong and entertaining, it just wouldn’t have been the same without a few heads exploding and innards spilling onto some unsuspecting human. The descriptions and just so matter of fact and whilst still shocking, are integral to the narrative. I think for this instalment, the gore has reached its peak as humans are killing humans and zombies are eating people. There is plenty of sword-wielding as well, so we can expect a lot of slashing and cutting throughout this one. It was certainly the best I’ve read so far out of the 4 books simply for the action and violence. It gave me the same feeling of an action packed episode, with plenty of twists and turns along the way.
I’m excited to see there is another book in the series and will be interesting to see where this one goes. For now, it’s back to course books, my break onto Walking Dead books has officially ended. I will definitely be picking them up again one day as well as completing the set and reading Descent, where Lilly attempts to lead the new Woodbury onto a better path of survival.