I’m rereading this in preparation for finally reading the third book (yes, I know I’m way behind).
I mostly enjoyed it the second time through, but it drags some and doesn’t possess the full magic that is book one, which I’m absolutely obsessed with. This feels a lot more like a transition book, where everything is more about putting all the pieces in the right places, rather than it just being a really solid story.
Most of the story is spent endlessly journeying, and new characters are introduced left and right without being fully fleshed out, which is frustrating. I did have to force myself to power through a few sections where things really lagged, because I’m convinced that book two is just a one-off, and book three is going to be as amazing as book one is (I really hope so).
This didn’t move in the direction or at the speed I expected. I loved book one to extremes, and I confess I was quite sick and very distracted as I listened to this on audiobook. I probably should have waited, but I was anxious to read book 2. I am not sure if my love decreased due to the story or due to my poor reading behaviors and attention span while consuming this story.
Overall, I still enjoyed it, though it didn’t make as much progress, in terms of the storyline, as I thought it would. I think I will listen to it again, right before book 3 is published, at which point I may change my rating.
I still love these characters and am fascinated by the world.
The villains are incredibly well-written and truly horrific.