I love this series so much, and I couldn't be more pleased that we are getting a third installment at some point. (Okay, well, I could be happier if A. I knew when we were getting it or the ultimate B. if it came out tomorrow.)
This was over 100 gorgeous pages longer than the first one, and I honestly can't decide which one I like more, because they're both so wonderful. This one is a bit different from the first, insofar as it is more plot-driven, with some backstory and scene changes, as opposed to the much quieter (ha) more picturesque life Delilah and Selim were living in the Turkish Lieutenant, and I know some people didn't like it as much because of that, but for me it worked because it felt like a natural organic change to the storytelling. Also it is awesome.
**An ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**
I wasn't terribly impressed with the first half of the book. I didn't dislike it, but it was a bit muddled and quite frankly, the world building of the Light and Dark magic was ill explained. More on that later. But about halfway through, I started to enjoy it a bit more, especially as the revolution amped up and the Tale of Two Cities parallels got into full swing. This was very different from Brennan's other books, and yet there were a lot of elements that were the same as in Lynburn and Lexicon. She knows what she likes to write:)
I will definitely be reading this again when it comes out in April, least ways to see if anything has changed from the ARC.
Full review to come nearer to publication. (Promise.)
I keep hearing this book thrown around, uttered in the same breath as "feminist". This doesn't make any sense to me. This is just a sci-fi retelling of Cinderella in which the only difference is that Cinderella says she's too young for marriage, but will be his chief mechanic.
Cinder in Winter, anyone?
To me, that was her saying, we'll still be friends and when I get older, our relationship might lead beyond friendship, but I'm not ready for it right now. How exactly is that specifically "feminist"? That's just normal behavior, especially considering that she's really too young to get married. There's no agenda behind it, to me anyways.
Anyways, super cute and the illustrations look like Disney concept art, which should come as no surprise, since the illustrator has worked for Disney, Pixar, and assorted other animation companies.
While not nearly as fantastic as Jackaby, I still greatly enjoyed revisiting these characters and their world. There's still murder and mystery and ducks , with the addition of a frustratingly feminist reporter and also fish kittens and some deuced odd bones. We revisit old friends and gain some new ones, and discover that the resident ghost is acting a bit out of sorts.
So immensely pleased this is to be a longer series! Though I'm having a hard time guessing how the big bad is actually involved.
And to be honest, I was disappointed in myself I didn't get the "twist" earlier. Obviously I am off my detecting game.