I really enjoyed The Reaper’s Quota, so when this one appeared
in my bookshelf I was very keen to get stuck into it. And Sarah McKnight has delivered another
great book. Entertaining, thought
provoking and creative, this direct sequel takes a slightly different tone to
the first, opting for a more down to earth drama narrative, and perhaps shedding
a little of the crackling wit of the first.
I won’t say anything to spoil this or the book it follows, but suffice to
say that it does end with a necessarily fulfilling sense of full circle, in
contrast to the last, which I was quite outspoken in admitting left me feeling not
just a little frustrated. But Sarah clearly
had a plan and held her nerve with the format, and ultimately I’m glad I
followed up the read with this one.
The concept of the series is a very interesting one, with
high fantasy and poignancy galore, and Sarah is definitely the best writer for
the job. She is clearly invested deeply
in the story, and doesn’t miss a trick, easing in Easter eggs, smoothing
continuity arcs and tidying loose ends like a drawstring pouch. In fact, she is so good that my only concern
was whether she has left herself enough swing-space to keep writing more books
in the series – I certainly hope so, because I think there is tremendous scope
for much more. I did wonder if this and
the first were perhaps a touch short – I read each of them in one evening – but
I also know that will definitely appeal to a lot of people. Personally, I wonder if the two titles could
form two parts of a single book or volume – that would certainly appease those
of us left hanging the first time around.
Another good book, if perhaps not hitting the smirking-nod-inducing
qualities of its excellent predecessor. I
definitely recommend these books, indeed for most readers, especially those who
like to spend one evening or afternoon exclusively devoting their time to reading
the whole thing. In fact, to get the
best from them, I advise that you really should read them both – and of course
in the right order. Great stuff – looking
forward to book 3.
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