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I bought the first in this series, 'Borderline' on the basis of reviews which advised that if listeners were wary of the supernatural 'fey' half of this genre mash up the characters and thriller elements were so well done it would still delight. This is true of the second in the series, but less so. Our intriguing, damaged heroine is still compelling but a much larger part of this second instalment is spent establishing the rules of the imaginary magical world. There are great screeds of exposition of fairy and mystical physics and history which often go on for some time in the middle of action sequences and are sometimes spelled out twice as one character then repeats them again for another. One can sense a complicated moral story and metaphor is being built up here in this basically enjoyable set of books but the intricacies started to feel a tad over complicated and demanding on the reader's patience. I will probably go for the third in the series and the performance of the reader is excellent, but I hope some of the snap and contemporary originality of the first returns.
Maybe not quite as excellent as the first in the series, but still a really entertaining and strong book. Lots of intrigue and machinations going on here, as well as fey court politics and Arcadia project politics. The plot thickens. Looking forward to book three. I would not recommend starting the series with this book as it is tightly bound to the first. Start with “Borderline” if this series appeals.
The audiobook is once again excellent narrated by Arden Hammersmith. So glad I stumbled upon this series with “Borderline”. Well worth my Audible credits. Now I just need to wait until I get my next credit next month to listen to the third book.
The gloomy atmosphere of the first book made complete sense with the setting and characters. It took a while for me before I wanted to revisit the story but I'm glad that I did! This was a great follow up to Borderline. It's a solid story with interesting fables, personal histories and developments between characters. A whole lot happened and there is a more settled viewpoint that isn't all about dark and gloom.
I like the characters, a closer look into the Fae world and all of the action. Millie is finally fitting into her own skin and I'm really excited to see what will happen in the next book.