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The Heavenly Host (Demons of Astlan) (Volume 2)
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If you can ignore the horrible and glaring conflicts and problems with the way the world is put together, the book is good. The writing is solid, the characters are interesting, and the plot is excellent. I just found it harder and harder to suspend disbelief. I also found the straight up plundering of settings from tabletop games uninteresting rather than the homage to them the author thought it was. There were also some worrying aspects to how the book ended in terms of lack of character motivation for some actions (or outright conflicts of actions with motivations) but I can't really go into that without spoilers.
The book starts off with the fallout from the end of the first book. Its a bit of a mess for the various groups that where watching and we get to watch as they try to cope with the fallout and new powers are set into motion.
The book starts to shift from the largely personal narrative of Thomas to a larger viewpoint as he separates from some of his companions and some new characters are introduced to represent the new factions that have taken notice because of Thomas's actions.
Through these characters eyes we are treated to the viewpoints and actions of the various factions as they try to discover and thwart Thomas's deep and cunning plan. Of course as Thomas has no such plan this grows troublesome for everyone as this is the one possibility no one anticipates.
All in all I really enjoyed this book and can't wait for book 3
Compared to the 1st book, this one is a bit less focused, juggling an ungainly number of POVs as even more characters are added to the cast, an absolutely annoying amount of rehashing of events, and almost all the action was packed into a cliffhanger-ish ending. Too much of the book is taken up with characters informing and discussing past events rather than actually doing anything.
It is the same intriguing, colorful world as before, and even if there are an ungainly amount of characters, lore, or what not bogging down the plot, I do not really mind because they are all interesting to read about. Even when the book temporarily threatened to turn into a slice-of-life novel as the characters visited a spa, I didn't mind, because of how interesting and amusing demon spas are.
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