Like the first book, this is a continuation of Kel’s journey to become a Knight. This book encompasses the next three years as a Page, I really liked that the author did this, as there are many things that would repeat in 4 years of training that just gets harder with each year.
I think Kel really comes into herself in the book, she is more determined to stop the drastic hazing and has help. A dog, Jump, adopts her and adds to the menagerie of birds that already hang around with her. I didn’t love what happened to Kel at the end of this book, but I understand. I am so hooked on this series, I have purchased all of them and I feel like this is a book I could recommend to a young reader, and it will probably be one I read to my kids when I have kids.
Sorry I am behind on reviews, I have 5 reviews that I will be posting over the next day or two, I am also going to be doing some changes to my Blog page as I am not thrilled with the set up.
I had a really hard time getting into this book, for a book that was only 308 pages it took me 4 days to read (To put in prospective I read 311 pages from 1pm to 10pm last night, that is fairly normal for me). I had thought that I would real like the book, I liked the synopsis and I like reading about weird creatures, but somehow this book put me to sleep more nights than kept me awake reading. It picked up a bit around the halfway point, things started happening, Vespa was forced into working for an upper town girl and using magic help her marry into a very wealthy man. This turned out bad for Vespa, but just as all this happened we got to the Climax of the book and the resolve, that wasn’t terrible but when it was over, the book just kind of ended. I felt like if they had shortened the beginning of this book there could have been more of a character resolve. I might try and read the other books in the series just to see if this was a first book slump, a set up for more to come, it wouldn’t be the first time that has happened.
I was not sure what I was going to think of this book, I have not read many books about people becoming Knights, but I really liked it. Most of the time I didn’t feel like our main character Kel, was a 10 year old girl. I do think there was one sentence that really summed it up, “I think you are the oldest 10 year old I know” this was said by the oldest 1st year page Neil, who is also Kel’s sponsor. Neil spent years at court and was training to be a healer but decided to become a Knight, he is a odd sort of guy but was allowed to be Kel’s sponsor because of his age and time in court. Kel is the only girl and the first since a girl was allowed to try to be a knight. None of the older boys really want her there, so she has a lot to deal with. Kel is a fiery 10 year old who’s biggest dream is to be a knight. She is really good with animals and I find that interesting, am excited to start the next book.
I have to say this was a really fast read. Again this book only had a few minor conflicts and resolutions, it had a lot of character developments. To me it feels like this book is all about the personal relationships, as I read sweet peril and sweet reckoning back to back they are kind of blending together.
Sweet Reckoning had the big conflict and resolution, I kind of felt that all three of these books could have been 1 book, some of the minor stuff could have easily been cut out and I think it would have flowed better.
I was sick last week so I didn’t get to post, but I will have 2 reviews really soon for sweet peril and sweet reckoning.
I really liked this book, I was a little surprised at the interactions of the characters but it worked. This book did jump from one characters perspective to another a bit randomly but it did not detract from the flow. I am very intrigued about where this is going, there is a lot of mystery when it comes to a land that once had magic and it may still linger in the unknown or more subtle ways. I am a little tired of love triangles and this one makes little sense to me so I don’t know how I feel, but it is not a driving part of the story, so although I am curious to see where it goes it takes a back seat to the story.
Can’t wait to read the next installment.