This second installment to the "Seams Along the Near World" series, is a great read. Like the first book in the series, 'Riverwood,' it takes the reader on a number of twists and turns throughout the narrative which kept me highly engaged from start to finish.
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In my opinion, this book is a step up from the first one, although it is necessary to read it to fully understand some of the references and character relationships in the novel. Between the two books, there is a change in target audience. I'd classify this book as more of a YA targeted story, whereas the first is more aimed at the pre teen/early teen years age group. This naturally makes this book appeal more to me, as I fall into the age bracket of YA.
What I loved about this book is seeing how the characters from the first novel have grown since the events of the first, and how the introduction of quite a few new characters help them on their new journey in this novel. It elevates their relationships with each other and spices the plot line up quite a bit.
The ending of this book was adeptly crafted. It leaves the reader with a sense of empathy for the main characters, while leaving us with a sense of hope for what we expect to come in the next installment. Having said that, there were certain points throughout this story where I didn't see what was coming next, so I really look forward to seeing how the author has executed the next part of the story, and where he takes the characters. I have no doubt that my it will be just as, if not, more engaging than the first two. I cannot wait to see what challenges will befall Jake, Evan and the whole crew of characters as I read further.