the buried world

3.5 stars

This is the second book in the “The Grave Kingdom” series and it’s full of action. Bingmei and her trusty companions travel the lengths of the continent fighting the Dragon of Night to resist her destiny.

After a short break in their compound, Bingmei and her friends flee through caves and mountains once Eichon’s minions find her with orders to capture, not kill. Despite her efforts to help cities shore up their defenses against Eichon’s forces, the cities fall one after another. Bingmei is able to escape Eichon’s clutches several times, but she cannot escape her fate. She finally decides she has no choice but to go over the Death Wall and face her fate head-on. I can’t wait to see how the story ends in the next book.

This book was entertaining, but looking back it seemed like one long, fight montage. Bingmei and her fighters find a place they think is safe, they are found by Eichon’s forces, and flee. Eichon’s forces chase them. Rinse and repeat. Occasionally Bingmei and her friends are captured and then escape at the nick of time, only to be captured again. Rinse and repeat. I enjoyed the book, but it was fairly repetitive and appeared to be mostly filler to stretch the series into three books. This book didn’t do much to advance the story.

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