Violet is on the run. After the Duchess of the Lake catches Violet with Ash, the hired companion at the Palace of the Lake, Violet has no choice but to escape the Jewel or face certain death. So along with Ash and her best friend, Raven, Violet runs away from her unbearable life of servitude. But no one said leaving the Jewel would be easy. As they make their way through the circles of the…
The Black Key
The Arcana is silent. I stare at the small silver tuning fork, nestled among the jewels scattered ac my ross vanity. Garnet's words echo in my ears. We're going to get you out!
Oh yes yes! This was a fantastic sequel. I read book 1 yesterday and book 2 today....that should speak to how much i like this series and Amy Ewing's writing! I may even read book 3 tomorrow...we will see!
The characters again were great. This author has no problem writing great characters. There were a few new ones introduced in this book and we are reunited with a few from book 1. All are effeciently written and consistent, and with such great personalities.
The plot and pacing of this book was good but that is what kept it from being a full 5 stars (but 4.8 rounds up to five anyway...). As with most trilogies, this first book introduces you to the world and gives you some veiled details about the problem. The second book almost always give more details about the problem, reveals some big twist or something you didn't relize and prepares for the big showdown in the third book....and that is precisely what happens in this book two. There was not much action in this installment so thats why it's slightly less than 5 starts. One good thing though is that it really gives good explanations and backstories. I really feel i understand the purpose/history now and what/how things happened.
This book also reminds me of how interesting the city layout is. The thought of a bullseye on a little island is so intriguing! Also, the big walls and trains are fascinating! The only question I have is...Where did the first settlers come from?...are there more islands or a whole continent somewhere in this world? I'd like to know what's going on over there!
I'm an avid reader and love most all books, but my favorite genres tend to be mystery, adventure, science fiction and classics. Genres I tend to shy away from include romance, contemporary fiction and chick lit. If I’m not actually reading books, I’m probably at work shelving them at my local library.