Following immediately where Path of Needles ends, Kat and Jim have escaped one enemy only to find that there is a more powerful one behind it all. TheFollowing immediately where Path of Needles ends, Kat and Jim have escaped one enemy only to find that there is a more powerful one behind it all. The spirit Koschei, previously Ivan Ivanovich, Tsar of Russia, is searching for their father, who is still missing, for reasons no one is able to tell them. Kat and Roger have been separated, with Roger walking the path of pins while Kat struggles to negotiate the fairy tale underground. Ranging from New York City to Prague to the Underworld, the story quickly amps up the danger and destruction.
Warning - I am starting with the few things I didn't like. To get them out of the way. Because there was a lot more to like about the book, as you can see by my rating.
I have to say I wish there was more Roger in this book. I know that we are seeing it all from Kat's point of view, but Roger's role in this skyrocketed in importance and (for me, at least) interest. Instead of taking center stage as he walks the inspiration for the title of the novel, his journey is set up as an aside, the stage on which Kat's story was built. And that really bothers me. Roger is the solution to the problem, but I always felt like he was more a footnote as the story progressed.
Also, from an editorial standpoint, there are a few bits that read a bit younger than the young adult genre - specifically when someone has given Kat something to use "when really needed." Twice. And when she remembers about that thing, she remembers them saying to use it "when really needed." Twice. That stood out to me, for some reason.
Everything else, however, I really enjoyed. Kat's ability to see into the past, to see the Truth of things, comes in handy as she is forced to unravel the mystery around her. Not only does she need to find her father, she must find him before Koshei does. And all the time, staying hidden from the Shades and Nycterent (demon-dog-hunter-creatures. nasty). And negotiating the personalities around her. And work closely with more than one person who wants to kill her. And deal with loss and betrayal. So she's got a bit more on her plate than the normal teen.
Kat's strong, though, and even when she has no idea what to do, even when she fails, she tries. And that's worth a lot in my book. She is able to work with those around her, even when, as I said, they don't necessarily want to help her. She is the nexus around which the plot rotates.
Jim's role was far more interesting as well - he's discovered more about his own abilities, and knowing the ending as I do now, I wonder what those abilities will bring to his future.
I think my favorite character, however, is Niall the Kelpie. I loved reading his interactions with Kat, with Kat's mother, and with Jim. I hope we do get more of him in the future, and that we get to see him freed. Hopefully without it killing Kat.
So yes, overall, I really enjoyed this book. I did receive my copy from the author in exchange for an honest review, and I would like to apologize for taking so long to get that review up. Looking forward to the next!...more
I received a copy of this ebook for review from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Last year I read Claus: Legend of the Fat Man about this tI received a copy of this ebook for review from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Last year I read Claus: Legend of the Fat Man about this time of year, and found it an interesting take on the Santa Claus mythos. The author has done even more with the idea in Jack: The tale of Frost. Instead of focusing on the elven culture of the North Pole, we take a look at the elven Pawn, now going by Mr. Frost, in South Carolina. He has built an estate, underneath which is a toy factory, churning out toys and presents for Christmas, building a fortune on the commercialization of the holiday. But with the profits, he's working on a secret project, a project that has, quite surprisingly, escaped.
Then we have Sura, a 16-year-old girl at a local high school who recently lost her mother. She gets a job working a few hours after school at Mr. Frost's estate, specifically helping in the house and grounds. But on those grounds, she meets a guy about her age who seems just as interested in her as she is in him. But her resemblance to her mother and his to his father is beyond normal, and there is something more than just your average genetics going on.
There are a lot of characters to this story, and each of them have a personality - it's definitely interesting to see all the interactions. Everything felt real, which was great. It is such a strange story, and I found it fascinating. The story moves quickly, and is definitely a fast read.
I would definitely recommend this story, especially as a holiday read....more
This series is surprisingly cute! Nikki is typically teenager, and only slightly annoying as such, has a lovely relationship with her mother, and is,This series is surprisingly cute! Nikki is typically teenager, and only slightly annoying as such, has a lovely relationship with her mother, and is, apparently, a demon princess. Which she is just now finding out about. It's an interesting premise. Some of the other characters are pretty well-rounded as well, though fairly typical (the queen bee, the hot guy, etc). I liked Nikki's interactions with her aunt, but her reaction to her father seems fairly weak....more
I thought this one was actually better than the first.
Starting not long after the first book ends, Julie's experience with The Wild has changed how shI thought this one was actually better than the first.
Starting not long after the first book ends, Julie's experience with The Wild has changed how she sees the world and her family. People haven't forgotten what happened before, and now Julie's hometown is none as the Fairy Tale Capital. Unfortunately, not all the fairy tale characters are happy to be mundane, and after Julie's dad pops out of The Wild (after being there for over 500 years), he causes problems simply being himself - he doesn't know the modern world, only how to be a fairy tale hero. And walks right into the bad guys' plans.
Again, this book is a fast read, and is fun and entertaining. I think it was a great finish to the overall story. There is even a bit of romance, bringing it more firmly into the Young Adult territory....more