What’s there to say about a sequel? Soul of the Sword is a solid next step in the Shadow of the Fox series and although the plot is a little more traditional in formatting than the first book, the quality remains the same.
Children of Blood and Bone showcases a rich setting, solid magic system and a fast-paced plot which doesn’t hold back some brutal punches. Unfortunately, most of it is lost behind a taxing presentation and the nagging feeling it’s better suited to the visual medium.
There are two sides to the coin that is Caraval:
The latter half is gripping: as magical as promised, full of twists and peppered with enough tender moments to help you root for the characters.
The first half is slow, dull slog through the mud with the soggy cardboard character of Scarlett.
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