*Warning - Major Spoilers Below*
I didn't enjoy this as much as I did the first book in the series. Maybe
it was my mood, peeking out from underneath stacks of exams and essays
to mark. Maybe it was because I've had so little time to read the last
few weeks, and I wanted whatever I read to be spectacular.
it's just because this book spent too much time on the love triangle,
which I find the least interesting part of the story Clare is trying to
Part of what I liked about the first book was that,
although there were some hints of attraction, that wasn't the focus of
the book. This time, everything focuses around that.
And yet, I
find everything else that's going on so much more interesting! The
political machinations, the world she's creating, the non-romantic
interplay of characters.
But the biggest problem with the book is
that it ends in pretty close to the status quo that the book started
with. Nothing much really happens. They're
no closer to finding Mortmain, and in fact, barely try. Tessa does
nothing new with her powers. Charlotte's leadership is threatened, but
finally reaffirmed. The person we always knew would betray them does.
(Hint: for the revelation of a spy within the organization to be
shocking, it has to be someone you'd never expect.)
I demand that you move forward! But instead, the book focused around
Tessa feeling attracted and conflicted about two different men. The
position at the end was mildly interesting, but by then I was too bored
to really care.
I might try the next book when it comes out, but if it disappoints me too, then I'm done.