This was another wild ride. I don't know that I had the same connection to it that I did to the first book, but I enjoyed it all the same.
Citra is now Scythe Anastasia, and Rowan has adopted the persona of Scythe Lucifer. It's been months since the match between them that left Citra deadish and Rowan on the run after he dispatched Scythe Goddard and his crew. Both are adjusting to their new lives, but neither can anticipate what is coming: a rift in the entire Scythedom is about to leave them both reeling in ways they could never imagine.
I read the first book in this series a long time ago, and I know I rated it 5 stars and enjoyed it immensely, but this time, I found there was a certain disconnect between me as the reader and these characters. Don't get me wrong, this story is so ridiculously well-written, creative, and timely, but for me, the emotional connection just wasn't there.
That said, these characters are extremely well-developed, and I especially enjoyed Rowan's development. I typically root for the characters who turn to the "dark side", for lack of a better term, but what is so great about this series is that there really isn't a dark side. Both Rowan and Citra are fighting for what they believe in in two different ways, and though Rowan takes on the moniker of Lucifer and is seen as a villain by the Scythedom, he is really fighting the same forces that Citra is combating, just in an extreme way. I did enjoy Citra also, how smart she is and how interesting her arc has become.
Maybe it's the intricacy of the plot and just how damn political things are that left me a little cold. I like the emotional side of lit, and I think I enjoyed the first book so much because there was that emotional connection between Rowan and Citra. Here, that's really subdued, a minor plot point in comparison to all of the other happenings, and though, again, everything is so well-written and well-constructed world-wise, it just didn't engage me as much as I wanted.
*spoiler* I also tend to not like books that bring people back from the dead. I understand in this case why this is the route taken, but god, I really hoped it wouldn't be. It took the spontaneity and unpredictability of book one and just...disappointed me in this one way. *spoilers done*
I'll be back for book three, but it'll be when it comes out in softcover. I can wait for this series, which is not something I say very often. I'm keeping my 4 star rating, because really, it deserves those stars, but had it not been so well-written, this would've been more of a 3 star for me.