If you have been following my blog for at least the past six months, you may have seen my review of Kingdom of Ash and Soot. You may also know that I loved it. With that in mind, you may be able to imagine how excited I was to receive a copy of its sequel, Prince of Secrets and Shadows.
Author: C.S. Johnson
Genre: Historical Fiction
Age Classification: Young Adult
Publisher: Prodigy Gold Books
Release: December 4, 2018
Eleanora (Ella/Nora) Svobodová is back. She survived the blast at Prague Castle but there is more danger lurking and some of it is closer than she could have imagined.
Prince of Secrets and Shadows picked up where Kingdom of Ash and Soot left off. The danger is still present but there are more players in the deadly game than any of them realised. Characters both new and old supplied more mystery, intrigue and plot twists which led to the closing chapters being a gasp-worthy cliff-hanger.
Eleanora is the same strong young woman we met in Kingdom of Ash and Soot though this time around there is more trust issues. Her brother Ben becomes more distant, angry and secretive. Lady POW is just as harsh and secretive as she was in book one. Harshad plays a greater roll in this book and makes a considerable impact. Amir is still an interesting character but also more confusing. Then there is Ferdy; Who really knows what is going on in that young man’s head.
As with the first book I enjoyed the writing style. There was a recapping element at the start which is useful if you have not read the first book recently. That made the pace at the beginning a little slow, though it most certainly picked up as the story went along. Book one focused on freedom and that theme is continued, but I liked that book two focused more on trust. It was interesting to read how strongly one can feel about someone who they have little to no trust in as well as how that trust is earned and lost.
Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆
I enjoyed Prince of Secrets and Shadows; not as much as I enjoyed Kingdom of Ash and Soot but enough to be excited about book three!
Thank you so much to C.S. Johnson for supplying me with a copy of her second book in The Order of the Crystal Daggers series.
What is your favourite book that explores trust?
Let me know in the comment section.
Until next time bibliophiles!
A digital copy of this book was supplied to me by C.S. Johnson