Rating: 5/5 Stars
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
ADSOM left me with so many questions:
– What happened to Holland? (he couldn’t be dead)
– Did Lila get her pirate ship and sail off into the sunset?
– And what about Kell and Rhy?
– What happens next in the story?
It’s the mark of a great author if she can leave you with that burning question, evoking the desire to grab the next book, to keep reading.
As expected, Kell’s experience with the black stone and his sacrifice to save Rhy didn’t leave him unscathed. We see him struggling with his demons, to accept the consequences of his actions in ADSOM. Trying to come to terms with who he is, with his conscience. I could feel his struggles with himself, the people he loved, his magic. This was a transition period for Kell and everyone knows you don’t get through it without scars. All that angst and longing and hurt feelings.
Lila was off finding trouble as usual, learning how to be stronger, more powerful. She was already deadly with her knives. Now she was turning into a force of nature and I wondered when she would collide with Kell. She’s a scoundrel and unrepentant. You can’t help but love her crooked ways.
I loved how Kell and Lila met in ADSOM and I was a bit disappointed when they went their separate ways. AGOS shows how they evolved separately only to come together stronger than before.
Also, I loved the new characters in AGOS, namely Alucard (Captain Gorgeous) and how the supporting characters were developped further, especially Rhy. The devotion to Kell was admirable and we also find out his reasons for doing what he did in ADSOM, his regrets and his feelings.
The Element Games were in one word, Wow. I could feel the excitement in the air, the adrenaline spikes as the magicians battled each other.
And of course, Black London refused to stay buried and forgotten.
The ending chapters blew my socks off and were a seat-gripping ride. Kell’s predicament, his feelings wrenched at my heart. ADSOM was good but AGOS was superb.