Overall, I enjoyed this book, but definitely not as much as the first. It’s technically the second in a trilogy, but is so loosely connected that it can be read as a standalone.
First, what I liked:
– The protagonist is blind, and this is written in a first-person POV. Fantastic writing skill here to describe scenes using other senses. Probably the most redeeming quality of the book.
– A cool, new setting. Though still in the same world, we see it in a different light. Incredibly immersive, and is still a very visual novel, despite the lack of descriptions.
– Since it takes place ten years after the first novel, I sort of had to scramble and catch up to what was happening and who everyone was…but in a good way. The way that authors should throw you in media res.
– Just beautiful language throughout. More like Neil Gaiman, Patrick Rothfuss, and Guy Gavriel Kay, who focus on language, than Brandon Sanderson, Brent Weeks, and Jim Butcher, who tell you a good story.
Some things that bothered me:
– It was sloooooooooow. The plot only really started halfway through the novel, and plodded on from there.
– I really wish this world had a map.
– The protagonist was reactive even until the end. Things just kept happening to her and she didn’t take charge. Almost as if she was an observer to what was happening around her.
– The writing leaned more towards a literary/experimental style, which I wasn’t particularly in the mood for at this time.
In the end, a solid second book, but a diversion from my usual preferences.