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Night Blade: Blade Hunt Chronicles Book Two Paperback – November 4, 2017
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- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (November 4, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 326 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1979135053
- ISBN-13 : 978-1979135054
- Item Weight : 12.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.82 x 8 inches
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The plot – skilfully woven, being intricate but never unclear – has two strands. The main one concerns Rose, a second-rank character from the first book, who here is tasked to infiltrate a classic heist, an attempt to break into a preternatural baron’s house and steal the fabulous eponymous sword. This is a lot of fun, especially the preparation for the heist, the magic involved, the unmasking of a traitor, etc. The heist itself features some interesting ideas and magic, if perhaps less of the lively character interaction that marked the preparation phase, and the aftermath is satisfying.
The secondary strand involves Del (the main character from Heart Blade) and other characters attending a big council-type gathering of preternaturals. This is where I found a slight weakness in the book, in comparison to Rose’s strand, and Heart Blade. I wasn’t totally engrossed by the shenanigans at the meeting, nor entirely rooted in what the characters were doing there, which seemed largely bureaucratic – though not entirely: there’s one great “Oh, wow!” moment when the truth behind the word NEVER on Del’s arm is revealed, suggesting an exciting direction for her future story and the series.
Both strands enlarge our understanding of the inter-clan politics and feelings of the pretenaturals’ world, and these are always interesting; it’s just that the meeting strand didn’t grab me as much emotionally. But this is made up for to a large extent by a satisfying and moving ending, which draws both strands together and made me very keen to find out how the series will progress. And you realise how much you like a character when you get such a thrill from seeing them rewarded, as happens here (though I won’t say who!)
As in Heart Blade, this for me avoids the traps of a lot of the YA novels I’ve read (or started): the drama arises naturally from the story without being emotionally ramped up for the sake of it, and the adult characters feel just as realised as the teenagers. The characterisation all told is extremely good, with everyone being distinct. The series looks to be in safe hands, and deserves many more readers than it seems to have.