My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I liked this book as well as the first. For most of the book, I thought I liked it better. I found the resolution a bit confusing - the motives and explanation of how the plot shook out seemed a little lightly woven, like one false move would tear it asunder. I liked the intrigue and the weaving of potential coup in with his family story.
I was not such of a fan of Sebastian's professed atheism corrected to theism of some amorphous pattern to things. I see from future reviews that this theme opposed to Christianity continues and have my concerns with continuing the series. The theme of what happens when Gods die - from those we love devotedly to heroin to ourselves to God himself - is strong. Harris shows disillusionment, fear, and shattering. I'm just not convinced that is what she meant to show about God the Father.
And, yes, I want to know about Hero - despite her small walk-on roles so far, she is a favorite character and I think she is in love with Sebastian. I thought Harris did well with Tom - his incarceration was a haunting episode in the book. Kat did not seem as involved with this and I fully expect her connections with the French to cause problems in the future.
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