The simplest way to describe the Dandelion Dynasty according to the wonderful word sculptor Ken Liu (paraphrased):
It’s an epic fantasy in which the heroes are engineers, not wizards. The story is basically about two kinds of engineering: mechanical and political i.e. how to craft mechanical solutions to problems and to also build better institutions.
Spensa’s dream was to become a pilot and be among the stars. Circumstances led her to second guess herself and settle for a standard less desirable job but due to persistence she found herself juggling with the possibility of becoming a pilot and saving the remnants of the human race. Read More »
This sequel follows where we left off with the heart pounding climax of Lazlo discovering who he truly is and Sarai’s mortality coming to an end. In the midst of all this Minya, holds Sarai’s soul as hostage to manipulate Lazlo into doing her bidding in executing her long overdue vengeance upon the humans of Weep. Questions of what led to the Carnage, the missing children of the Citadel and the revelation of new worlds will all have answers.
I’m so honoured to have read both books in the duology this year. This sequel was thrilling and a lot more action packed than the first and in true Laini Taylor fashion, characters’ background stories have been fleshed out in depth and truths that have been veiled from us in the book one have been uncovered. The most intriguing characters were Minya and especially Nova, a newly introduced character who completely left us gobsmacked in her unexpected connection to the lost godspawns. Both characters share acrimonious personalities yet they fiercely love their family and will do anything to protect them.
All in all, this book has been far from amazing. It provided insight into the worlds hidden from the people of Weep, the life of heart break instigated upon the half-breed demigod children and concluding the heart-warming romance between our happy pairings. We are still not certain that this book is the end as Laini teased us with the mention of: “The End (or is it?)” so let’s see. Either way, I truly support annual publications of Laini Taylor books.