Plot: A character-driven fantasy adventure sequel. The novel moves quickly through a quirky adventure, while a larger world menace looms. The plotting is exciting and well crafted.
Prose: The novel features some creative descriptive writing that effectively illustrates a storybook setting. The dialogue is full of banter that enhances the characterization, while the novel utilizes and identifies, to good effect, vocabulary unique to the fictional universe.
Originality: The fictional universe is detailed and consistently realized. The play between plotlines is clever and engaging. The novel’s established world is comfortable alongside fantasy contemporaries and inspirations, but stands on its own as an original concept.
Character/Execution: The novel features many characters whose stories began in a previous installment. The book is centered around a band of adventures, and their camaraderie is a strength of the novel.
Date Submitted: August 31, 2020