My rating: 5 of 5 stars
With Urlick imprisoned for the murder of Professor Smrt, Eyelet must find her way back through the Infirm-infested woods, to the forbidden city of Brethren, to free Urlick before it’s too late.
Along the way, she elicits the help of Crazy Legs, Urlick’s longtime friend. Together they overthrow a travelling freak show train destined for Brethren, with plans to use it to distract the city, so Urlick can make an escape. But Eyelet is lead astray, when a haunting image from her past appears in an abandoned factory at the edge of town. There she unearths a series of ungodly secrets and soon finds herself, imprisoned.
Will C.L. be able to save them both from their fates?
Or will he too, fall prey to the tyranny of Brethren’s newest Ruler?
Rumor has it the Ruler has secrets of her own.
Secrets she’s determined to keep.
Seems an heir may have been overlooked.
The true heir to the Commonwealth throne.
Beware spoilers ahead!
I recieved this arc via Netgalley and Skyscape and Two Loins in exchange for an honest review.
Going into this book I was worried that it would suffer second book syndrome. But I was happily wrong as this book was amazing!
Noir picks up with Flossie’s point of view where the readers find out that she is alive and has become one of the turned. Readers also get to see from her eyes Urlick’s arrest scene. During the chapter Flossie finds out that she has some leverage over the infirmed and uses them to do her bidding throughout the whole book. We are then taken to Eyelets point of view as she makes her way to Urlick’s place. Upon reaching there the group devise a plan to save Urlick. As a mode of transportation Eyelet suggests they make wings for Urlick’s horse. They all agree. C.L. then suggests getting his old circus friends to help them. His plan is to kill the ring master and convince his old friends into helping them save Urlick. Meanwhile Urlick is in jail and is miserable. A boy whose name is Sebastian agrees to be Urlick’s eyes and ears until his execution and in return Urlick agrees to bail Sebastian out of jail.
It was nearly interesting to read all about the new characters and how they play a role in the overall plot. We get to read new point of views in this book and delve into some of the characters pasts. This book takes place within three days so it is much faster than the first book. We find out more about how the world came to be the way it is. It ends on a cliffhanger which means that there will be a third book.
If you did not enjoy the first book I would still give this one a shot considering how much better this book is compared to the first one. If you don’t want to try this then considering your experience with the first book then I completely understand. For those who haven’t read the series I would definitely recommend this! To be honest this is one of the most unique series I have ever read! I can’t wait for the third book 🙂