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I find this series completely compelling! For all that it's won awards, it still feels like something of a hidden gem. A "dark and twisty" hidden gem, often set in all sorts of dark and twisty tunnels and caverns! At the moment it's listed in the teen section, but it belongs first and foremost in fantasy. This is not just for young adults! I'd say it was a pyschological fantasy, if I could make up a genre, in which some of the characters happen to be young adults (sometimes!).
The writing is excellent and the characters are all interesting. I won't say "likeable" as even some of the protagonists can behave in ways you wish they wouldn't, but you can always understand their motivations. Nobody in these books is in an easy situation! Everything seems well thought out.
This series is not fast, not flashy, but it's very, very *interesting.*
Much like that previous book, the atmosphere is one of mystery flavored with desperation, frustration, hope and determination. At the beginning of the book, Sadima is still trapped with Franklin by Somiss, and now a group of captive street children are trapped along with them. In the other timeline, Hahp and Gerrard have made a tentative pact to work together to attempt to survive the Limori Academy, but their resources are slim. Grim beginnings, but the story moves along. That's the thing about these books -- I find myself waiting for the slightest hint of progress in Hahp's or Sadima's magical journies, and I'm happy to be doing so. There's one place where one storyline makes a fast jump forward. It didn't really put me off, since it seemed appropriate for that storyline to move forward about then (and I suspect we'll have to catch the first storyline up to the second somehow), but it did stand out as a slightly abrupt change of pacing. And by the end a lot of progress had been made, much of it in ways I didn't see coming!
The author has been leaving messages on her blog that she's almost finished writing the third book in this trilogy. It's not out yet but it's on the way! Sooner rather than later, I hope. I haven't bothered to hunt down many release dates for books lately, so you can tell how much I want to know what happens!
I'm still very pleased with the narrator, and I hope he reads the third book too! I have a credit waiting for that third book whenever it makes it's appearance.
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ugggghhh! I need moooorrreeeeee! this cant be the end!!! it took me 6 years to finally find the second book.... I'm feeling unfinished.