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Children of Daedala

(Children of Icarus #2)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  118 ratings  ·  49 reviews
Six months alone in the labyrinth has made her strong. But the search for the exit means gambling on an old ‘friend’ and going against everything she’s been taught to survive. You know the labyrinth will have yet more horrors lurking in its depths. You’ve learned few people can be trusted. But freedom is tantalizingly close. Are you ready to take the risk?
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 1st 2018 by Capstone
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Montzalee Wittmann
Oct 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Children of Daedala (Children of Icarus #2) by Caighlan Smith is a book I requested from NetGalley and the review is voluntary. I want to thank them for letting me read this good book. I did enjoy this book and all the characters in it. I didn't read book one and this left me at a disadvantage and lost for a while. I don't feel the author helped me get caught up in the story. I finally pieced things together enough but I feel I lost a great deal of the story. Advice, read book one first. I love ...more
Sheila Goicea
1) Children of Icarus: ★★

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”Six months is a long time in the labyrinth.”

There’s always a lot riding on sequels in a series. If certain aspects aren’t delivered in the first installment of a series, I hope that the sequel will shed some light on those areas that I think are important to touch
Lauren Stoolfire
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

She's been stuck in the labyrinth for six months now and every moment has been a struggle, but her time there has made her stronger than ever. There are many more hidden horrors in the labyrinth. That means she'll have to turn to a "friend" and go against everything she knows if she wants freedom.

Children of Daedala by Caighlan Smith is the second book of the Children of Icarus series. When I was approved for this novel on NetGall
Angela Cuéllar
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Are there flaws in this story/series? Quite likely.
Will everyone be a fan of these books? Highly doubtful.

The nameless MC is perhaps my favorite part. If you’ve read the first book then you already know that the main character was a changed person by the end but holy snap she is epic in this book.

Much of the story is told through the main character
Marta Pascual Perez
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher thought NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
It took me a while to realized that I was reading a second book and that was the reason for me to not understand everything. Still the reading experience was great and even there were some gaps for me, it was a pretty solid story.
What I have enjoyed the most was the writing. I think that the author has a way with words that make you fall in love with the story and with her writing. I was geniall
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Wait... What? No.... WHYYYYY???? Why did it end? Where's the rest!!!??? No cliffhanger instead you are just thrown from the cliff free falling trying to make sense of what in the world just happened!!! Halloween is fast approaching and I am seriously considering becoming Fey Bell as she is currently my favorite person in the fictional world. This book was not only exciting and addicting to the point of forgoing socialization of any kind just to read the next chapter but it is whimsical and cleve ...more
K.S. Marsden
Sep 15, 2017 rated it liked it
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The labyrinth is full of monsters and perils, not least the people inside it.

I received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is the first book I've read by Smith, and I didn't realise that it was the second in a series. I wish I'd read Children of Icarus first, because it might have lifted the sense of vagueness, and answered some questions about the characters and setting.

From the start, you are following the main character, who communicates with glares and sharp wea
Sep 14, 2017 rated it liked it
I went with three stars for this one because despite all of the negatives I found in this book, the concept and plot of the story was hypnotic and I found myself under Smith’s spell.

A little background because I think it helps illustrate my confusion. If you’ve never heard the story of Daedalus and Icarus, you might want to read it before starting this novel. It’s not necessary, but it might help you make sense of some of the names. Daedalus was a master craftsman who lived and worked on the Isl
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really did enjoy this book, and have been putting it off for ages as I had to read it on my phone. I love the aspect of the labyrinth, it sort of reminded me of the Maze Runner series, but to be honest, this idea was better. What I didn't enjoy was how these people came to be in the labyrinth, like what sort of person does that?

I would like to thank net Galley, the Publisher and definitely the Author for giving me a chance to read this book, was amazing!!!
Stephanie - Books Less Travelled
*I received an ARC through NetGalley for review. This does not affect my review.*

So good! I'm loving this series! I can't wait to revisit this world!

While this one wasn't quite the emotional ride the first book was, I loved the character growth in this one. Now we see the main character as a stronger, more confident version of herself. She has learned to survive on her own, but has also learned to stand-up for herself, and when to care for others, and when to keep to herself.

While this story is
Amy Leigh
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
She seems to want to be alone in this labyrinth she's been thrust into. Surviving the labyrinth isn't easy. There are groups who claim portions of the labyrinth as their territory and are vicious to protect it. She has been mocked and cruelty treated and thus keeps her distance as much as possible. There are dangerous odd creatures who are difficult to kill. It seems like the rest of her original group is dead and so is her teacher- the executioner. The executioner taught her how to survive and ...more
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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OMG! This book was AWESOME! I absolutely loved it!!!

As with Children of Icarus, the author did a great job world building, and this book was very well-written.

This book also kept me guessing. I couldn't put it down, and it had many twists and turns throughout the book.

My only issue with this book was the ending. It ends with such a cliffhanger! I'm just upset that I will have to wait a long time to see what happens next. The next book in the series is not listed on GoodReads yet, so I am not s
Alina Syeda
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I literally cannot express how much The Children of Icarus and this book mean to me. I swear, their the best books I have ever read. I got sucked into them and my nose was always buried under the books. I finished the 2 books in 2 days and then when I realized there was no sequel to the Children of Daedala I was absolutely distraught. I actually sat there hugging the book hoping it wasn't over. Finally, I faced the truth and now am patiently trying to wait for the sequel which I hope and beg the ...more
Nannette Demmler
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
ARC provided by Capstone via Netgalley for an honest review.

This sequel to the Children of Icarus was just as amazing as the first. It is fast paced and with some twists and turns to the plot that keep it fresh and exciting. The labyrinth continues to amaze me with its size and the dangerous creatures that lurk with in. There are even more humans living than were shown in the first book, which really made me think about how large this place must be. We start to get an inkling into the whole hist
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Goodreads Synopsis:
Six months alone in the labyrinth has made her strong. But the search for the exit means gambling on an old ‘friend’ and going against everything she’s been taught to survive. You know the labyrinth will have yet more horrors lurking in its depths. You’ve learned few people can be trusted. But freedom is tantalizingly close. Are you ready to take the risk?

My Review:
I received a copy of this from Netgalley in exchange for a review.

I absolutely loved the first book, and immediat
Elizabeth Cole
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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**A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

I am pretty sure when I saw that this book was available for request you could hear me screeching from about three states away. I LOVED the first book, staying up way past when I should just so I could find out what would happen with our main character. Now I have my tablet charged and ready for me to read the second installme
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars*

I received this e-arc from netgalley in exchange for an honest and voluntary review.
(This book will be published in April 2018)
Firstly, I would like to point out that I was not aware that this was a sequel when I started reading this book, therefor my review may not be very accurate since I have not read the first book in this series.
Now that is out of the way, I have to say that despite my confusion I ended up enjoying this book. The book started out quite slow and I was very confus
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for this eARC in exchange for my honest review.

This book is an improvement from the first novel. But not by much. I still didn't love this story as much as I had hoped. NB: you will definitely not understand this book if you haven't read the first novel in the series!

The main character - who was still Nameless - wasn't as irritating in this book as she was in the last. She came into her abilities a lot more in this novel so I wasn't as mad when reading.
M. Desiree
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rating: 4/5
I received this E-ARC via NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I will start this off by saying: I enjoyed reading this book. I essentially picked it up and read it in one sitting. I was intrigued and I wanted to know what was going to happen in the book. Here's a few issues I took all, the same:

The book is a sequel and the publisher didn't make it clear this was the case. I've wavered between 3.5 and 4 star for the rating, but I figure if I had read the first
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me a chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
This book is not for everyone, I had some reservations after reading the first one (I was taken by surprise the violence in that book) but I was also dying to know more. This book is definitely not as violent (in many different ways) as the first one but it still has its fair share of violence and death. Our nameless MC is on her own now since the death of her mentor when thrown out
Shelley Thompson
Aug 27, 2017 rated it liked it
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Cover is intriguing although it reminds me of the lion in the Lion, Witch, Wardrobe. Right off the bat you know you're ready a different book with the mention of the Executioner, Fey, and Screecher-Eaters. The story is from the perspective of Fey Bell, a 16 year old girl who has been banished into the labyrinth where survival is difficult. There are lots of characters and several groups which are at odds with each other: The Fates & Icarii, the Kleos, and the Harmonians, as well as Daedalum. I h ...more
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
I'd bump this up to 2.5 stars just based on the premise behind the book, but the book overall? Utter chaos. Multiple characters are introduced in a flood throughout the book, with no back story to build them as "people" and the lack of detail in describing the surroundings left me unable to create the pictures in my mind that normally help me relate to a book. There's a labyrinth, and apparently three factions: Fates, Kleos, and Harmonia, but there's no back story until about the last 3 pages an ...more
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Apr 11, 2018 rated it liked it
I feel terrible because when I requested this from Netgalley I had no idea this was a sequel to another. I never recall reading that and I thought this book sounded absolutely amazing. I couldn't wait to check it out. Now while that left me at a disadvantage, I won't let that influence this review.
I loved how unique this book was. The main character herself was unlike someone I've read about. I thought it was epic to know that she basically only cares for her own survival which made her have su
Sep 30, 2018 rated it liked it
I was really excited for this book because I loved the first one so much, and I'm glad this wasn't disappointing! It took me a while to get used to the writing style again (which actually helps with the characterization of the MC, as simple as it is), so at first I didn't like it, but the more I read, the more I found myself caught up in the story.

The MC is an interesting character, and I really loved learning more about her, and her relationship with other people. I also loved the plot twists a
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I, like many of the reviews I read, did not realize that this was the second in the series until after I started reading it. While it is possible to still enjoy this book as a stand-alone, I think it would definitely be best paired with the first and probably the one after (which has not been released or announced as of this writing). It really didn't take me long to catch on to what had happened in the story and understand dynamics in this one. That being said, it's a pretty intense ride. There ...more
Kathryn at Book Ink Reivews
A copy of this review can be found at Book Ink Reviews.

Part Maze Runner, part something else entirely, Smith delivers an epic for the young adult genre. Complete with a strong female lead and characters shrouded in shades of gray, we're left in a world built on the continual feeling of WTF? 

Unfortunately, for the majority of the book this lends its hand towards making it dry, long, and confusing enough that we just don't care. We are thrown into a colorful world in the Labyrinth with descriptio
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I want it to be noted that I read this book not realizing it was a sequel. At the time of this review, I have not yet read Children of Icarus which I have 400% intentions of doing because this book was freaking AWESOME.

"We feed traitors to the monsters"

This book has monsters, a big ass maze, warring teenagers, Greek mythology, and characters that I have real and very raw emotions for!

The MC is a hardened, quiet, self-determined, and intelligent young woman who the reader is given no name for
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love that ‘Fey Bell’ is now an independent character and more advanced than everyone else in the labyrinth. I just love when she shows someone how good she is and I hate when she is beat. Once again an amazing book but I only have two problems. The first one is quite strange; I miss the original books gore, the new one I guess breezed over the subject a bit, I know it weird but I loved the gore as it was unique from any other book. And my second piece of criticism is that there is so much roma ...more
Curly's  Ramblings
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Nooo! Why did it end? I really enjoyed this book, but highly recommend reading the book before it first otherwise you may be a bit lost from time to time without the back history. No cliffhanger. Fey Bell is a 16 year old surviving in a whimsical and clever world. I have been sleep deprived because this book was so freakin' addicting to the point I have bags under my eyes as I type this review. This story will reve your emotions to the point of madness. The story includes love interests, fightin ...more
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