a plague of giants

4.5 Stars

Wow. What a fantastic second book in an entertaining, riveting fantasy series. I loved the first book, A Plague of Giants so much (you can read my review here: A Plague of Giants (Seven Kennings #1) by Kevin Hearne) that I was worried the second book would let me down. It did not.

The second book picks up shortly after the ending of the first book. The book is told in short chapters from different characters’ perspectives, narrated by the bard Fintan, just like the first book. In addition to the returning characters, we are introduced to two new characters, and delve deeper into the characters wielding the sixth Kenning.

Daryck is the leader of a band of warriors whose city was decimated by the Bone Giants. They seek revenge against the giants and accept risky assignments to help the cause. I really like this new character and this band of warriors. They add a grittier fighting element to the stories and aid in expressing the sense of revenge and thirst for vengeance that all of the people that have lost their loved ones and way of life must be feeling.

Koesha is the captain of an all-female crew that is exploring unknown waters trying to find a path around the globe. Koesha is also looking for her sister, who was on a voyage two years ago and never returned home. I really like this new group of characters as well. They are a very tough crew, but add some lightness to the stories as well. There is also an element of mystery surrounding their homeland that I can’t wait to find out about in the next book.

Hanima is one of the new generation of magical talents with the sixth Kenning. She can talk with animals. As she and a few others with her powers return to their home city, their presence threatens its rulers, who seek to destroy them. As she seeks to try to help those most in need in the city, she finds herself leading a revolution. Hanima is one tough cookie, but she has a huge heart and a good head on her shoulders. She is the perfect reluctant leader of the revolution.

As the nation tries to figure out what the Bone Giants want and how to stop them, new revelations come to light and new questions emerge. Although I love the method of storytelling the author chose, and it works in this book, it’s still hard sometimes to keep everything straight. This is particularly hard when events continue in the second book that first started in book one. Since I read that book so long ago, it took me awhile to figure out what was going on and why certain things had significance. It’s not bad enough to quell my enjoyment of the book, and it’s a similar problem in most fantasy book series that have 2-3 years in between books.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend you read it. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.