Initially, this follow up to Dance of Thieves was a little hard to catch up on as it had been awhile since I finished the first in this series. I would have liked a little reminder of the mission Kazi was on for Queen Lia to help set the scene, but the book jumps right into the return trip.
I had to do a little backtracking here to remember (it was a couple of hundred books ago). Kazi and Jase have good news to share when they return to Tor's Watch. The Ballengers will no longer be considered outlaws and Tor's Watch will now be a kingdom.
But...as they approach, a vicious attack separates them, and Kazi believes Jase to be dead. The new villain is introduced, one that no one would have suspected. The surviving Ballengers are in hiding, two young Ballengers are hostages, there are missing papers that are the object of both sides, a surprising ally...and plenty of suspense and action. I sped through this one quickly.
I've enjoyed everything I've read by Mary E. Pearson, and I am a little disappointed that this series is only two books. I wonder where Pearson will go next--but I hope for more books in this same world that began with The Remnant Chronicles.
Read in April. Blog review scheduled for 7/24/19.
NetGalley/Macmillan's Children Publishing
YA/Fantasy. Aug. 6, 2019. Print length: 496 pages.
Sean Brennan goes to pick up something for a household repair and is killed in a car accident. Georgie Brennan is devastated by Sean's death, grieving for her husband and for her young son Sam's loss of a father.
Georgie's overbearing parents pressure her to move in with them, but she knows this is not a good idea. Her father is up for confirmation as the next secretary of state. Her mother's interests lie in her husband's status and in impressing others. Georgie, a respected physicist, doesn't quite fit into their world.
After Georgie finds a notebook of Sean's, she realizes that Sean had been keeping a lot of secrets. The more she questions, the more unsure she becomes. She finds herself unable to trust even those closest to her--with good reason.
Read in April. Review scheduled for July 24.
Political Intrigue/Suspense. Aug. 13, 2019. Print length: 352 pages