I really enjoyed the first book in this series by Sara Wolf, so I was anxiously awaiting the release of the sequel. Alas, I’ve been so busy lately, I knew I wouldn’t have time to read it, so I opted for the audiobook.
Em Eldridge narrates the audiobook and I wasn’t super impressed with her performance. She had a way of ending sentences with a upward lilt to her tone, making it sound like a question when it wasn’t a question.
Perhaps she can be forgiven, because Wolf does have her main character ask herself a whole lot of questions throughout the course of the book and it is kind of annoying. A significant part of the plot has a kind of mystery element to it and Wolf’s way of dealing with it is to show the reader all the internal questions that are running through the main character’s head.
The problem with that is that it ends up kind of boring for the reader because they’re either wondering the same things, or they’ve figured them out already and are ready for the plot to move forward. Either way the endless questioning is pointless and it slows down the narrative. I don’t know if I noticed it more in this book because I was listening to it on audio, or if I just forgot about that quirk of hers in the first book, but that was really my only quibble with Wolf’s writing. For the most part, I really enjoyed this sequel.
So, when we last left our plucky heroes they had just discovered that Princess Varia was still alive and not brutally murdered by a bunch of Heartless as previously supposed. MORE +