Definitely lives up to the first!
This book picks up where The Cruel Prince left off. Jude's relationships are dramatically altered following the events of the previous book, and we follow her struggle to uphold the promises she made and maintain her hand on power - she's doing her very best to wield all she can.
Cardan is a great character, and I still haven't figured him out truth be told. I both love him and hate him . It's infuriating! I love the dynamic between him and Jude in this one, it makes for some pretty intense scenes.
I didn't really see the twists coming - I love it when I don't see it coming! It has way more of an impact. I was captivated from start to finish by this book. And oh my oh my do I need the next installment!! I wouldn't say it was a cliffhanger ending, but I definitely need to know more!!
I also need more Holly Black in my life, her writing and stories are superb!