It has been almost a year after the elevation of Citra Terranova to Scythe Anastasia when the novel starts. There have been burnings of scythes in Midmerica as the infamous Scythe Lucifer gleans those whom he deems are unfit for scythehood. Meanwhile, Scythe Anastasia attempts to reform the scythedom from within, following her own gleaning procedure despite backlash from most of her peers. For her desire to change the scythedom back to its roots, Anastasia is targeted for assassination. In this arc of the novel, we are introduced to Greyson Tolliver, a young man training to be a nimbus agent, an organization tasked to carryout the orders of the Thunderhead. He is told of a plot against Anastasia and prevents the plot from succeeding. However, the Thunderhead reprimands him for breaching the separation of Scythe and Thunderhead and expels him from the nimbus academy and marks him as unsavory, an outcast of the society. Through this status, Greyson transforms himself into Slayd Bridger, a set of eyes in a place the Thunderhead cannot see. This second installment of the Arc of a Scythe trilogy provoked thoughts of a relation between us, humans, and some greater intelligence. The musings of the Thunderhead between chapters was a very nice touch as the reader gets insight into the thoughts of the machine and what it believes. But at the same time, it wonders should it leave humanity and what has humanity gained from its existence.

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