My rating: 4 of 5 stars
First off, I need to point out that I was given an advanced reader copy of this novel for free in exchange for an honest review. But, my reviews are always honest, so…
Things in Grantsville are getting really complicated. They were complicated enough already, but now…
Thomas Khatt, Freelance Familiiar, and his pal Rudy, the Pyrotechnic Squirrel, are on a quest to earn enough magic currency (tass) to help their friend O’Meara recover from her injuries suffered on the first novel in the series. Thomas allies himself with the Technomagi ‘friends’ he’s made in order to achieve his goal quickly, but is pulled into the war of Houses and Cabals that form the politics of the world behind the Veil. Thomas soon finds that his own moral compass is still out of alignment with the Magi, both friend and foe, who soon engage in a turf war that threatens the lives of all the residents of Grantsville.
This sequel is an action packed romp from start to finish. From fire elemental powered hot air balloons, to squirrel piloted robots, to a love affair between a mountain lion and a were-wolf turned were-cow, to… well just read the book. If you have not read the first book in the series, I highly recommend that you go read it first, though. And you should read it because it is amazing! The world of magic is very complicated, and you learn much of this in the first novel. You will need that information coming in to this book, because it gets even MORE complicated here.
You learn more about various forms that the magic can take and how the various planes of magic are used, and how they affect the environment around them. You learn of the major Houses and the intrigue and politics they employ. You find out some new MAJOR secrets. In fact, that was probably the one ‘issue’ I had with the novel because it set so much stuff on its head. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you what it is without spoiling, so you’ll have to read for yourself. Despite that fact, you also learn tiny snippets of various ideas that will make you want to read the next one just to see more.
I give this book 4 stars, and call it a Fantastic Read!
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