Some of you may recall a book review I did last January for a book called “The Gift Knight’s Quest.” I had the privilege of reading the sequel to this book over the past year. Much like the first, it is quite enjoyable and features an interesting premise.
The only criticism I had regarding the first book was the difficult transitions between past, present, and speakers. This is resolved in The Crown Princess’ Voyage, making the read much smoother and more enjoyable.
Whereas the first book spent a lot of time focusing on world building and the lore of the world, The Crown Princess’ Voyage is able to sweep forward with the story, already having a solid foundation.
The main characters can feel a bit childish at times, but one has to remember they are really young. Both Derek and Chandra are also very inexperienced at most things in life. It’s hard to call that a criticism, because it does give some depth of reality to the characters. Unlike many YA novels (my own included), where the leads are young yet very adept and mature for their ages, Chandra and Derek feel their ages.
The Gift Knight’s Quest had been more slow-going, pacing itself to draw every part of the story into its perfect place. The Crown Princess’ Voyage moves forward at a quicker pace, allowing for far more story progression.
Chandra and Derek are pretty well-established before the this book, so there is not a lot of need to get to know them better.
This was a great way to proceed, as it gave the opportunity to introduce a compelling villain.
Enter Alathea. If you’re a fan of the Throne of Glass series, I would describe Alathea as Celaena Sardothien on ritalin. Although hard to believe it’s possible, she makes the assassin queen seem rather selfless in comparison. Completely self-absorbed, she is a self-proclaimed goddess, expecting complete, unwavering servitude from the people in her kingdom. She doesn’t tolerate anyone who won’t see her as a goddess and has carried forward the tyrant rule established by her father.
Her obsession with the destruction of all other kingdoms — and Chandra — and the need to rule everything makes one wonder what it is that fuels her heart. I’m looking forward to a final showdown between the two.
Chandra finds herself in an interesting predicament, having to deal with in-fighting within her own kingdom and Alathea’s goal of destruction all at the same time.
It’s hard to go into details about this specific book without accidentally providing spoilers, so I will try to keep my comments limited.
As before, the writing is quite good. It flows nicely and Madeley is a very clear artist when it comes to his descriptions and the words he chooses to use. If you’re a fan of fantasy books, this book is most definitely worth the read.