I don't know if you can really call what happens in this book a magic system? The more insane a person is the more powerful they can become. GeisteskrI don't know if you can really call what happens in this book a magic system? The more insane a person is the more powerful they can become. Geisteskranken are people with delusions that can actually take shape in the real world and affect other people. A pyromaniac (or Hassebrand in this book) may be able to start fires with her mind. A Gefahrgeist (sociopath) can talk you into believing whatever he wants you to believe. The more delusional a Gefahrgeist gets, the more that delusion becomes a reality. Mass delusion is how gods are created. It's how the landscape is formed.
Just about everyone is a little bit or very much insane. There are really no good guys. Though there are characters you root for. This is a very dark fantasy. It's one of those reads that feels like a fever dream. It's extremely well written, engrossing, and original. I definitely recommend.
Dellamonica's newest book is a portal fantasy. I've described her previous books as magical, bewitching, and wonderful. I wasn't quite as bewitched asDellamonica's newest book is a portal fantasy. I've described her previous books as magical, bewitching, and wonderful. I wasn't quite as bewitched as when I read her Astrid Lethwood duology, but I did find this one magical and wonderful.
Dellamonica is great at bringing a unique, diverse cast of characters with strong female leads. In this book she has Sophie. I liked her very much. She's inquisitive and smart. I liked the world Dellamonica sends Sophie to - a world of assorted nations with a delicate political structure. I loved the marine biology and Sophie's need to study it.
Maybe I was expecting too much out of the reveal as to why Sophie's mother had given her up and why Sophie should absolutely not be in Stormwrack, but I was a little disappointed. Maybe it was more I just felt bad for Sophie. But I very much enjoyed her reunion with her dad. It was a tiny bit funny, but also very uncomfortable.
I hope Dellamonica writes more about this Stormwrack world and the people living on it. She ended this book with room for more story.
I'm not going to talk about the plot at all really. I don't want to spoil the story for anyone. This is Shallan's book for flashbacks. I never dislikeI'm not going to talk about the plot at all really. I don't want to spoil the story for anyone. This is Shallan's book for flashbacks. I never disliked Shallan, but her story held my interest the least in The Way of Kings. I did come to appreciate her more in my re-read of that book. I loved her in this book. She just blossoms. She's clever and funny and I enjoyed her storyline very much.
Actually my least favorite character from The Way of Kings was Adolin with his attitude. But I liked him in this one, especially his interactions with two certain characters. He grew on me.
We learn so much in this book. There's no need to worry this book will just bring more questions than answers. Sanderson doesn't give it all away, though. There's obviously a lot of story to come. I thought this was a great second book to the series. It was exciting and heartbreaking. The world building is excellent. And the characters were absorbing and frustrating and diverse. It was well worth my patient three year wait. I enjoyed it as much as the first.