A changed world, an America where Magic is prohibited - Holly Black's sensational new fantasy series continues
In this smart and well-executed sequel to White Cat, 17-year-old Cassel Sharpe is still getting used to the idea that he's a transformation worker, the rarest and most powerful type of curse worker, able to transmute people and objects into whatever he wishes. Growing up in a crime family, he's always been on the wrong side of the law, but now everyone wants a piece of Cassel, including a mob boss, who sees him as an untraceable hit man, and U.S. agents, who want him to replace his recently murdered brother as an informant. Also, Cassel's mother has put a love curse on Lila, the mob boss's daughter, and Cassel's plan to avoid her until it wears off ("Lila's desire for me is a perversion of love. A mockery") dissolves when Lila enrolls at his prep school. As Cassel's grandfather warns him, "Magic gives you a lot of choices.... Most of them are bad." Black again delivers complex characters and a nicely developed alternate universe where magic workers are social pariahs. This powerful, edgy dark fantasy won't disappoint Black's fans. Ages 14-up. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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1 . Not Stellar
Posted April 22, 2011 by Asher , not hereThis was disappointing. I loved the first book, but I was severely shocked at the horrible quality of the story of the second.
The main character is still great - however, the storyline is boring, mostly nonexistant, and filled with overdramatic angsty drivel. But even the drivel is left utterly and completely behind by the unimaginally bad romance plotline.
Not only is the romance subplot bad, but it ends up taking over the whole book, so that the actual plot - which could have been interesting - is boiled away.
I just don't udnerstand how such a smart character could wind up with such a bland, unimagined characer that he supposedly - at 17 no less - feels he is absolutely in love with.
Now much as their kind have been slandered with the idea - I do not think teenagers are all that stupid. Holly Black - please, please make this right again. You had a goot idea. Don't make it crap by inserting crap. It's bad writing and doesn't fool this reader, no matter what other reviewers may spout. Do some actual writing.
Margaret K. McElderry Books
April 03, 2011
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