- Page Count: 414
- Release Date: September 16, 2014
- My Rating: 3.5 stars
After spending the summer away from each other, Titus and Iolanthe (still disguised as Archer Fairfax) are eager to return to Eton College to resume their training to fight the Bane. Although no longer bound to Titus by a blood oath, Iolanthe is more committed than ever to fulfilling her destiny—especially with the agents of Atlantis quickly closing in.
Soon after arriving at school, though, Titus makes a shocking discovery, one that makes him question everything he previously believed about their mission. Faced with this devastating realization, Iolanthe is forced to come to terms with her new role, while Titus must choose between following his mother’s prophecies—and forging a divergent path to an unknowable future.
Soooo this is a really great story in a creative world and I like the characters, but the execution just got in the way of me loving everything. Reading took serious effort and was like trying to remember an awesome dream. Like you know the story and characters are really cool, but it’s super foggy and hard to get at… so you end up just stringing shallow bits and pieces together and calling it good even though you know it could be SO MUCH BETTER.
Iolanthe finds out that she might not be quite the “chosen one,” but she’s still determined to fight the agents of Atlantis and not leave Prince Titus. Meanwhile, Titus is busy learning a lot about his deceased mother and her visions. I still love the Crucible book world with Sleeping Beauty’s castle that they go into to fight dragons and such.
But the story is told in such a passive, yet chaotic way that it’s like watching paint dry while being overly caffeinated. I mean, it’s not a bad plot at all, but the execution is so infuriating that it became impossible to truly care about anything. (Disclaimer: a ton of my friends love this book. It just wasn’t told in a style I could get into). I also have a hard time with how it switches POVs in the middle of the chapter without warning.
It’s still entertaining, though, and was a bit better than the first book! Hopefully the next one’s solid.