Read from October 01 to 05, 2014
Synopsis: Peter Stewart is a dead ringer for the legendary King Arthur, and because of that, everyone in Carlion believes that he is the Child of the Prophecy, destined to destroy the Shadow Lord. But Peter doesn’t want to be a hero; all he wants to be is left alone. Lily Portman also fits the prophecy. Having spent her entire life as an orphan and a misfit, Lily would love nothing more than to be the Child of the Prophecy, so she envies Peter… but she’s also developing a crush on him. And it seems to her that he couldn’t care less. Isdemus and the Watchers believe that it is only a matter of time before Peter’s twin brother Kane betrays them all and frees the Shadow Lord. The winner of the war to come depends on who has the legendary Philosopher’s Stone—the only problem is, it has been lost since the days of Arthur. With the help of a skeptical anthropologist, the Watchers attempt to decode the ancient treasure maps that lead them to the heart of Egypt and the dawn of time. Meanwhile, Lily and Peter discover that Peter holds the real key to the mystery… but will they be too late?
Bookish Things: 422 pages. The cover is stylistically very similar to book 1, which ties in nicely and shows it’s part of a series. Book #2 in the Piercing the Veil Series. My review of book 1 was posted in 2014.
My review of Intangible likened it quite strongly to Harry Potter. I found a number of similarities in this book too, but not as many as book one.
The first 50% of the book was slow. Little happens that I felt was pertinent to the story, outside for building the emotional roller coaster ride of budding love.
I liked Eustace. I feel he might become a more important part of the story later. I didn’t feel any sort of connection to Peter, Lily or Brock. Cole’s character was a bit more of a pussy this time too, which annoyed me. I would like to see him develop into a braver character.
Ultimately, this read like a sequel. Most sequels don’t have a good reason to exist outside of commercial interests and the continued storyline is usually just tacked on after the fact, if not a complete rehash. It certainly wasn’t as good as the first, it was filled with attempted character development and a whole lot of fluff.
The conclusion of the series could be spectacular, but I’m probably not likely to get to it anytime soon.