I would recommend this book for ages 11 and up.
The Lady in Red’s revenge against the Piemans is nearly complete, and soon there will be no one to stop her. She’s ready for anything, except for the return of her long dead son. But is it really him?
Tee watches as the airships rain down fiery destruction. She adjusts the rocket-pack’s leather straps and glances over her shoulder. Her friends might never forgive her, but she can’t stand idly by any longer. In a blink, she’s thrown into the air. Then, the unthinkable happens—the rocket-pack comes off.
Who’s the new Yellow Hood? Who dies? And are the Piemans really down for the count? (Goodreads)
I have read every book in this series and love where the story is headed, but with that being said, I don’t know how I feel about this one. The first chapter was incredible, and easily the best start to a book that I have read in a long time. There was a lot of planning and politics, but not much action. While books 1-3 felt like their own exciting stories, this book felt a prologue to book 5. Book 1, Along Came A Wolf, is introducing the characters and the conflict. Book 2, Bread Crumb Trail, began the overall plot for the rest of the series and book 3, All The King’s Men, continued on from Bread Crumb Trail. This book seemed to be laying the plans for the final installment. The conflict buildup of books 2 and 3 slowed in this book and instead, most of the book revolved around planning and preparation for the final confrontation.
While the plot had some problems, the character development was done very well. Every character slowly matures with the circumstances in each book and this one was no different. Some of the characters fully embrace the dark influences in their lives, while others take the opposite path. In addition to those characters, Adam perfectly displays the slow descent into insanity that has been growing for some characters since book 2. All of the characters have become more confident in their decisions and have taken the leadership role when necessary. Adam continues to reveal more information about his world as the story unfolds. The dialect that he created has continued to develop throughout the series. It feels less forced and blends in with the story well. The technology and inventions that Adam have created continue to become more complex and realistic.
In conclusion, while the plot was not what I was hoping for, Adam never fails to write realistic characters that grow with the story and a world that fits perfectly. I am looking forward to reading the final installment of this series, which I still highly recommend.
This book had no romance and no swearing with only some extremely mild violence.
Other notables: A subtle mention of a gay character.
Author: Adam Dreece
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