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The Mapmaker's Apprentice (Glass and Steele Book 2) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B01J4PFJD4
- Publisher : C.J. Archer (October 25, 2016)
- Publication date : October 25, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 3298 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 313 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #16,669 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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If you've read the first and know like everyone knows, that Steele and Glass are going to get together, know that by the end of book two, it's still just angsty crap, with her liking him but denying to herself that he's actually looking at her like he's attracted to her. This book left me feeling annoyed, frustrated and had.
On the other hand, I wasn't nearly as fond of the characters. India Steele, C.J. Archer's protagonist, is enamored of her employer, Matthew Glass but refuses to do anything to encourage his affections, despite being quite willing to do all sorts of other things normally outside the role of a proper well-bred Victorian woman. Glass is equally unwilling to admit his feelings for her, because of a significant risk of his dying if the magical pocket watch he carries (and that keeps his heart beating) should stop. The pocket watch is apparently a sort of “magical pacemaker” which he was given by a magician who assisted at his emergency surgery after his being shot in the chest some years before. It has been steadily running down, and only the watchmaking magician who created it can replace or repair it.
Glass is accompanied by his "posse" of friends and family from America, each of whom was apparently purchased from Clichès-R-Us. There's the frightening-looking one-eyed giant with a heart of gold, called (of course) Cyclops-- apparently he has no other name, making me wonder about his parents. There's the cousin, a Calamity Jane sort who smokes a pipe, drinks cheap whiskey, gambles, and wants to solve everything with her trusty Colt. And there's the comic, somewhat cowardly sidekick, who will do anything for Glass and secretly is in love with the cousin-- a shared non-relationship apparently included to add a touch of comic spice.
The primary plot of the first two novels in this series has to do with the search for this unknown watchmaker, who calls himself Chronos. The second plot, around which this book revolves, is about the search for a young magician-mapmaker (the apprentice of the title), the illegitimate son of Scotland Yard's Commissioner of Police.
In both cases, it's an interesting plot in an interesting world. And in both cases, the stories are flawed by the writing, and particularly the characterization.
By the end of the second novel, none of these characters has grown, nor had an insight into his or her own motivations. Needless to say, neither have we.
Better writing could have made this a really good series... as it is, I'm stopping at two. I started the second because I had enjoyed the story. I won't start the third because of the writing.
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This is going to be a sketchy review, not because I didn't love the book but because I dont want to give away any of the plot ( otherwise it's like seeing all the best bits if the film in the movie trailer).
The Map Maker's Apprentice is (as it says) the second book in the series and while you probably could start here you would miss a lot of the opening plot threads so I wouldn't recommend it. There are several stories being told here and at least three are from a wider/deeper story arc. One of the things I love about C.J Archer's work is that it's not just the one story and your characters, even the minor ones develop along with the tale. I read it from cover to cover in one sitting and really really wanted book 3 ( which hasn't been written yet).
It would certainly be better to read book 1 first if you can although this could stand alone, albeit with spoilers for book 1.
The story is that Glass and Steele are asked to undertake a search for a missing mapmakers apprentice. The search takes them the streets of London and leads them into difficult and dangerous situations. They also find out more about the object of their search from the first book.
Well written and very enjoyable with several humorous asides...Aunt Petty is determined to arrange a suitable marriage for Glass! I have downloaded book 3 and other books by the same author...my highest praise!!