I have a reading policy when it comes to sci-fi and fantasy: I will not read part of a continuing trilogy or series without having read its predecessors. It just makes sense.
When Engines of the Apocalypse arrived unexpectedly for review I broke that policy – albeit unwittingly – and I have to say that I'm very glad that I did!
You see, I had never heard of the Twilight of Kerberos series. I hadn't read a review, had never heard of the tomb-raiding adventurer, Kali Hooper, and in going about my professional geeky research duties had never come across a press release for it. My first meeting with the heroes (and villains) of Twilight was when I opened the HarperCollins package.
There was no indication that this was number X of Y in a series other than a brief “Also by the same author” blurb on the back – ignoring it, I set to reading and was immediately hooked. By the time it became clear that Kali had had a previous adventure earlier in the series I didn't care.