“Death must exist for life to have meaning.”- Thunderhead.
SYNOPSIS: Rowan has gone rogue, and has taken it upon himself to put the Scythedom through a trial by fire. Literally. In the year since Winter Conclave, he has gone off-grid, and has been striking out against corrupt scythes—not only in MidMerica, but across the entire continent. He is a dark folk hero now—“Scythe Lucifer”—a vigilante taking down corrupt scythes in flames.
Citra, now a junior scythe under Scythe Curie, sees the corruption and wants to help change it from the inside out, but is thwarted at every turn, and threatened by the “new order” scythes. Realizing she cannot do this alone—or even with the help of Scythe Curie and Faraday, she does the unthinkable, and risks being “deadish” so she can communicate with the Thunderhead—the only being on earth wise enough to solve the dire problems of a perfect world. But will it help solve those problems, or simply watch as perfection goes into decline?
REVIEW: So much happened in this book, wow. Where do I even begin!? As with the first book, I really enjoyed this one and rated it four stars as well. This book dives deeper into the politics that surround both the Scythedom and the Thunderhead, so there was a lot of information to take in. This book also adds more to the plot and to the motivations of various characters. Overall, I think the book did an excellent job filling out the story and also putting it in a position for the final book and ending. As with the first book, I found this writing very easy to read and page-turning.
Overall, I did enjoy the characters once again as many of them were also present within the first book. I will say though that other than the main characters, some of the other side characters that are mentioned off-and-on can sometimes be a bit confusing. I think this is because of their Scythe names, and some of them having similar names. I noticed at some points I got confused a little around which side character did what, but I think it was okay in the end.
As with the first book, I still would like to see more character development. Yes, we do get more character development in this book, but I almost feel like there is a lack of emotional development. Maybe I’m expecting too much in that category, but to me some of the things the characters go through are very emotional and I just would like to see more exploration into their own feelings about it. I did enjoy the introduction of a new character, Greyson, though. I really adored how we were seeing from someone’s perspective who wasn’t a Scythe. I thought his story line brought so much to the book and introduced us to what else goes on behind the scenes.
Okay, so I have already started the final book, “The Toll”, because the ending of this book blew me away and I HAD to know what was going to happen next. In a way, I appreciate that I waited to read this trilogy so that I could read all three back-to-back. Especially with the introduction of more of the politics- reading them this way has been beneficial. Well, off to see what the ending holds!