I gotta be honest, I read this book in 2015, I wrote this review in maybe 2017 based on my notes about how I felt toward the book right after reading it, and I’m now finally posting it in 2019. So I don’t know how I’d feel about the book now, but this review is how I felt about the book when I read it.
As I mentioned in my review of Book 1, I don’t usually read young YA or middle grade (not sure exactly what this would be classified as), and at the time I wasn’t into high fantasy, so I was really surprised by how much I was enjoying the series! After Book 1 though, I couldn’t help but continue, and Book 2 was just as enjoyable. It was well written with a strong voice, likeable characters, and good pacing. It even had some fun all-ages humor.
This was also the book when I really started to love or get more intrigued by some of the characters. I already talked all about them in my first review, so I won’t do that again. Instead I’ll just say the way Jeatar was working so hard in this one, always trying to help everyone, running himself ragged, getting so weary that he wanted to just give up—it definitely made him realistic and interesting.
I did sometimes found myself getting lost and confused during escape missions and parts of high action though. I knew the general idea of what was happening (e.g. they were fighting soldiers), but I couldn’t figure out the layout of the building or where exactly they were or what exactly they were doing. I still got the main gist though, so it never actually made me lose track of the story.
So overall, this was another solid book in a fun high fantasy series for young readers with lovable characters and a good story!
Fans of Book 1 in Janice Hardy's The Healing Wars series. Anyone who likes MG/YA high fantasy and lovable characters.