I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Farah Oomerbhoy!
I am speechless right now. This book was so much better than the first - and I don't say that often. It was action-packed, drama-filled, and fantastically epic. Yes, I just wrote all of that in one sentence, and am not ashamed.
Although some parts of the story were predictable, there were still multiple twists and turns in the story that I had not seen coming. The reason why the predictible-ness (yes I just made up a word) at some instances did not bother me, is because the writing and the storytelling was so well executed. I was completely entranced and read the last 75% of the book with hardly any breaks. I would will the bus to go slower so that I wouldn't have to stop reading.
There were so many interesting characters introduces in this installment, and I've got to say, I'm team Tristan (you can now cyber-stone me). There were also the introduction of more creatures and legends which enriched the world. Oomerbhoy did all this in a magical way that didn't make the story over-complicated, in the sense that, the additions to the story were well paced, not overwhelming to the reader, and they all had a purpose. It wasn't like: "Hey, let me add a mermaid, because they're super cool and pretty, but will not add anything to the story".
I may have rambled a little on this one, and for that I am sorry, but all this to say that I definitely recommend this book!