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Love the new take on magic, very few people in this world can use magic. Lincoln has decided to level the playing field and reverse engineer magic with technology. I think Lincoln is going to be the first technomancer. This is a dark take on magic and a lot of characters die. It is hard to know who you can trust when even your friends sabotage you. I love Badb and Fox and can't wait to see what happens next. Looks like Pittsburg is getting too hot for the gang, so they are taking off for a safer place.
Second book by Hess, and it is as thrilling as the first. Hess writes in the first person, and the result is a riveting story that you won’t put down. Very creative plot and twists make both books particularly satisfying. Definitely worth the time to read.
Second in the series, even better than the first. More time with great characters, and a really inventive system of magic that interacts with technology. Loved the twists, and was glad that even super powerful good and bad "guys" didn't overwhelm the drama. Plus it was funny. Looking forward to the next one.
In this skillfully woven sequel to Lincoln, Fox, and the Bad Dog, Roland Hess ties up a bunch of loose ends while leaving a few carefully planned stray threads as a teaser for what promises to be a satisfying finish to his trilogy. The heroes in Hess' books are very relatable and believable, and feel very human (even the non-human heroes feel very human). They have their flaws but strive to rise above them. They struggle with bravery but are unwavering in loyalty. Lincoln (the protagonist) sometimes wishes he could stay out of the fray (and let sleep knit up the raveled sleave of care), but like any true hero who sees alliances, oaths and friendships as more than mere convenience, he strives to "do the right thing". And as in real life, no character in this book is black-and-white, not even the bad guys.
The coolest thing about this book (and its predecessor) is that it takes Arthur C. Clarke's third law and successfully turns it on its head. Hess shows that "any sufficiently advanced magic is indistinguishable from technology" by making unique sense of how technological magic might work if you had a supercomputer and an AI on your side (because lets face it, both of those things are pretty magical in their own right).
Reviewed in the United States on February 15, 2019
Reads like a movie and would be great fun to watch! I feel it was even better written than the first book in the series, but it is a touch darker, creepier in spots, and there are some casualties (characters die). Really all it needs to be a perfect sequel for me would be a little romance between two of the characters (readers will know who I mean), but I know that's not the point of this book. The final scene was nonstop action and was my favorite part of the entire book. I am hoping for another book in this series to find out what happens next!
In my opinion, this book, second in the series, was better than the first, though even in the first book there were sections that were like a mythic dream. I guess that would make the author a shaman. If you want, you can take the story as action adventure with the occasional hallucinatory trip through alternate realities. But, there is a deeper underlying theme concerning the nature of identity, consciousness, and reality. All in all, good fun with something of substance to think on later.
I hope this series keeps going past 3 books or maybe a spinoff in the same world. I love the characters & the authors unique ideas. I can't wait to find out what the future holds for all of them, Fox especially. 🥰