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A Labyrinth of Scions and Sorcery

(The Risen Kingdoms #2)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  258 ratings  ·  54 reviews
The Three Musketeers meets Jules Verne in A Labyrinth of Scions and Sorcery, the masterful second novel in Curtis Craddock's critically-acclaimed high fantasy Risen Kingdoms series, continuing the engrossing tale of courtly intrigue and breathtaking magic.

Isabelle des Zephyrs has always been underestimated throughout her life, but after discovering the well of hidden
Paperback, 416 pages
Published March 24th 2020 by Tor Books
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Scott  Hitchcock
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy and Steampunk fans
Recommended to Scott by: Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
Book 1: 4*
Book 2: 4*

Another good chapter in this series. The blend of historical fiction, musketeer era fantasy and steampunk also has a darkness to it. I was worried after book one that things had wrapped up a bit too neatly and that book two would have trouble finding itself but that wasn't the case. This is definitely a series where each book is a separate adventure which isn't necessarily a bad think. Locke Lamora and other great series pull it off as this one is.

Surprising this series
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

I loved An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors by Curtis Craddock, so you can imagine my excitement when it came time to dive into its sequel. To my delight, A Labyrinth of Scions and Sorcery turned out to be every bit as enchanting and mysterious as the first book, featuring the same incredible fusion of genre elements that captured my imagination so completely.

Once again, were transported back into the world of The Risen
4.5 stars.



This series is honestly so undeservedly underrated.
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
Agh! It took my forever to finally get to this but I did! Now I think in comparison to book 1, I preferred book 1 a bit more but not by much. There is SO MUCH political and social maneuvering going on for this whole book which leads up to the pure chaos of the emperor being usurped. Maybe that's how to explain this book: pure organized but frantic political chaos.

I loved that Jean Claude got more developed and we saw him as the father figure but as well as his own human who has a history and who
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors was awesome. This is better.

It's got everything that the first book in the series had. Intriguing mystery. An unconventionally kick-ass heroine. An awesome mentor in Jean-Claude. That action/intrigue/comedy combination that Dumas did so well. I particularly appreciate the direction that Craddock took the romance angle in this one.

Throw in an intriguing sequel hook (but not a cliffhanger - I hate cliffhangers) and this series has secured its place in my
This story is not bad at all, but it just isnt for me. Doubt Ill ever feel a desire to return to it. ...more
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: steampunk
Actual rating: 4.5/5

Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors was one of my top books of 2017. It impressed me with its clever plot, relatable characters, steampunk aesthetics and unique world-building. After finishing the book I promised myself to follow the series, and so I was beyond excited to read the sequel, Labyrinth of Scions and Sorcery.

Im happy to say it surpasses expectations. While I enjoyed Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors just a touch more, Craddocks got the job done properly and once again
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
I'm really enjoying this series. I'm very keen on the setup going into the next book!
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The nitty-gritty: Book two in The Risen Kingdom series shines just as brightly as the first. If you love amazing world-building, daring adventure and sparkling, witty characters, you simply must read this series.

The second book in Curtis Craddocks delightful fantasy series started slow for me, I have to admit. It took me a good 100 pages to
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I read the first volume when it came out and I must admit that I had forgotten a lot of the story. Its terrible to have a goldfish memory! Yes, Im telling you! However, I was delighted to embark on this sequel and to find Isabelle and Jean-Claude in new adventures!

Isabelle thought she had succeeded in establishing the treaty that will save everyone. Yet when she interfered to save a young woman falsely accused of murder and about to be killed, she did not
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An Alchemy of Masques and Mirror was solid book but A Labyrinth of Scions and Sorcery was even better. This novel takes place about a year after events in the first book and again we follow Isabelle and Jean-Claude, and they're both brilliant!

There's a lot of going on, some people die, some people get sick and our protagonists try to find out who is standing behind it all.

We find out a little more about Jean-Claude past and we meet some new interesting characters as Impervia or Bitterlich
Aug 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Excluding the beginning of book 1 which had the necessary presentation, this book was built more or less in the same pattern, had the same plot complexity, same good writing, and still , I enjoyed the first one better. Not even sure why..
Overall a decent read. I dont think Ill continue to the next , if and when.
I don't understand why these books aren't more popular. They're twisty-turny adventure fun, in a very cool renaissance style world where everyone lives on islands floating in the ether and you have to travel between them by dirigible. There's musketeers, sword fights, cool and creepy magic and some steampunk technology. The female characters are smart and full of agency (even the side ones!) and the villains are deliciously mad.

If another one of these gets published, I'll definitely read it. And
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read, and worthy successor to the first installment. Maybe I'm just partial to older intelligent women, and cranky old fighters, with fatherly tendencies? I tend to have an especially soft spot for the latter...
Jeremy Jackson
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well-written, original, and engaging, surpassing its already excellent predecessor by leaps and bounds. Fans of Sebastien de Castell will find much to love in the Risen Kingdoms culture; fans of Sanderson's unique magic systems will feel at home with the variety and originality of Craddock's sorcerers. The characters are as developed as Robin Hobb's, the quality of the prose on par with Mark Lawrence or Josiah Bancroft.

I'd recommend Curtis Craddock to any fan of the genre. After reading this
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
100mph start to finish. Craddock expands the world exponentially, and I love it. I hope this goes past a trilogy. Must read series!
Eva Müller
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It's not unusual for the second book in a (fantasy) series to go deeper into the worldbuilding and this book is no exception. For example, we learn more about the different kinds of magic that exist but compared to many other series, I don't feel like I've learned that much more about the Risen Kingdoms. Instead, I got a lot of...emotional worldbuilding. Just saying backstory feels like not enough because while we do learn more about Jean-Claude's past and
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, high
Actual Rating: 3.5/5

Although I enjoyed this one, I didn't like it as much as the previous one. It launched you into things pretty fast at the beginning, and since I didn't remember the previous one very much that made it hard to get into it. Once I was finally hooked, it didn't feel as well put together as the previous one, which was a little disappointing, but it was still interesting.
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 amazing stars! I CANNOT wait for the next book 😁😁😁
Andy Grabia
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-of-2019
I absolutely love this series. Given that Id read the first book over a year ago, I did not remember much of the theology and metaphysics underpinning this world, but the characters and the plot carried me through anyways. I really hope more people read these books, and Im very much looking forward to the further adventures of Isabelle and Jean-Claude. ...more
Kelley Ceccato
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Van (Short & Sweet Reviews)
Disclosure: I received a review book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

I loved the first book in The Risen Kingdoms series and wondered if the sequel, A Labyrinth of Scions and Sorcery would live up to its predecessor. Craddock not only delivered an excellent sequel but he exceeded all my expectations. In this latest installment, readers finds Princess Isabelle des Zephyrs stripped of her title for saving and defending a wrongly accused women, investigating sorcerers that has
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I should have re-read Alchemy before diving into this! The first 20% was a dump truck of info that I had forgotten. I know if I read Alchemy right before reading this novel, I would have enjoyed it more, instead of spending so much time playing catch-up on who's who.

This novel is another great addition to the world of the Risen Kingdoms. From page one, we have events unfold that are not what they seem to be... and plots unfolding that could be benign and unrelated, or a sinister rebellion at a
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the first book in this series when I read it last year, and I enjoyed this one almost as much. The swashbuckling, musketeer-era fantasy is rife with political intrigue and fast-paced adventure. I love Isabelle, Jean-Claude, and (view spoiler) The world is very well developed, and I'm pleased to see more historical fantasy making its way to the shelves. Plus, who ...more
Even more amazing than the first book, Alchemy of Masks and Mirrors. Read this.

Dialogue even more witty than the first book, which is a bit surprising, considering the dialogue was so good in Alchemy. One of the advantages of purchasing the Kindle version was that I could highlight the really juicy bits without feeling guilty over damaging the book.

Jean-Claude continues to be the very best. I love him and wish I knew him. And in this book, there are references and allusions to his love life as a
Amelia Melton
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the first book and I really enjoyed this second book. Im honestly impressed with Craddocks ability to not only weave a complex story together but to stay true to his characters and world. He continues to stay true to this stories original flavor of intrigue, complex relationships, politics, and acts of heroism all set in a world full of mystery, machinery, and magic. I love the voice hes given Isabelle full of wily witticisms, wonderful willpower and other words beginning with W. Marie ...more
I loved every second of *An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors* so I was really excited when I finally got my hands on this one.

Isabelle and Jean-Claude are still just as lovable as they were in the 1st book, and the setting was still just as cool, but I can't give it the same 5-star review that I gave the first book for two major reasons. The first reason was that one of the characters (I won't give away the name for the sake of spoilers) introduced in this book ended up being really mary-sue,
Uriah Mach
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A follow-up to the spectacular Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors was going to have a tough go of it for me. I greatly enjoyed the characters and setting for the Risen Kingdoms, and this story did not disappoint.

As we continue to learn more of the magic of the Risen Kingdoms, plots thicken around the politics of this renaissance world of floating continents. Our heroines unique perspective as a bit of a concealed polymath and bearer of unique gift combined with her Musketeers nose for trouble gives
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-f
Wonderful adventure -- Isabelle is a heroine to be reckoned with, and Jean-Claude continues in the best tradition of swashbuckling musketeers.

Capitaine Bitterlich is an excellent addition to the cast of characters -- utterly swoonworthy, and he's smart enough to see how marvelous Isabelle is. Learning about Jean-Claude's past adventures and intrigues with all 3(!) of le roi's mistresses was highly entertaining. The plotline of Marie learning to be Isabelle's bodyguard (those boots! those
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-fiction
I picked up the first book in the series on a total chance. I am so glad I did!!! I was even happier when I finished the first book and the second book was released less than 7 days later!! I rarely read sequels or series back to back (just to give myself a break from the voices) but it was an excellent and fun read. I used to really dislike political intrigue but this book had it all for me - magic, politics, romance, witty writing - it was a home run in my book. Can't wait for the 3rd book!
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