Paperglass is the second installment of The War of Princes series by Ivanovich. Yeah, I reviewed the first one last week, but I am binge-reading this shit, so you’re going to hear all about it. These books are incredible. You know how sometimes you read the first book in the series and then the next one isn’t quite as good and it just gets worse from there? These are so not those books. They actually get better as you go, like The Hunger Games (books, not films-the reverse is true with the films) or the Uglies series by Scott Westerfield. Paperglass is even faster-paced than Haven, and the danger was more palpable since I already knew the dangers of the Outside world. Can I just say my heart pounded nearly the entire time I was reading because I was well aware the whole time of the tightrope Katelyn was walking? How often do you get that from a book?! Only when it is done extremely well, and Ivanovich has the stuff.
In this chapter of Katelyn’s story, Haven has been threatened and Katelyn has no choice but to venture back Outside in order to prevent a catastrophe. Rune and Dylan are both back to make her life complicated, albeit in different ways. I love Dylan’s character–the reader is never any more sure about him than Katelyn is. He’s superbly imagined and written. You couldn’t ask for a better herring. Katelyn’s love life follows an obvious but important thread, too, and you have to cheer about it because it never gets trite. Her mission to protect Haven is tangled by meeting the Margrave (a high power in the Outside army) and brushes with the Prince of Shadows. Ivanovich’s world is believable, lush, and complex, and her characters are the same. You can’t ask for more than that in a fantasy for any age.
Like last week, if I give you too much I’m giving away the story. Buy these books. They’re relatively cheap for your Kindle, and you will not regret it. I’m in the middle of the third installment now, so I’ll let you know next week if the series continues to rock. (Here’s a hint–Hell yeah, it does.)
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