I mentioned before that I was completely invested in the first book in this series, The Tethered Mage, from the beginning to the end. Caruso is a master of pacing. In this one, too, there’s never a moment where it failed to keep my attention.
But there were a few things it did even better than the first book.
- The problematic aspect in the first book is treated as problematic rather directly. I’m beginning to trust that a satisfying end to that whole situation can be achieved.
- KATHE. I won’t spoil anything, but holy cow, that’s an interesting character, and a VERY interesting love triangle.
- A deeper look into the magic of the world, which is weirder and cooler than I thought it would be.
This series is a lot of fun. I highly recommend it if you like fantasy with lots of court intrigue, weird magic systems, and romance.