Monday, October 21, 2013

Review: The Drowned Vault by N.D. Wilson

It's been almost a year since Cyrus and Antigone Smith earned their places as Journeymen at Ashtown, home of an ancient order of explorers that has long guarded the world's secrets and treasures. While their studies go well, Cy and Tigs are not well liked since losing the Dragon's Tooth to the nefarious Dr. Phoenix. The Tooth is the only object in the world capable of killing the long-lived transmortals, and Phoenix has been tracking them down one-by-one, and murdering them.

The surviving transmortals, led by legendary warrior Gilgamesh of Uruk, descend on Ashtown in force, demanding justice. Cy and Tigs find themselves on the run in a desperate search to locate Phoenix and regain the Tooth. In the process, they uncover an evil even more dangerous than Phoenix, one that has been waiting for centuries to emerge.

And we’re back for the second installment of the Ashtown Burials series and with a whole lot of awesome new characters and adventure thrown into the mix. In summation, there’s a trouble brewin’ in Ashtown and it’s the new baddie’s fault Dr. Phoenix who is the Mad Scientist kind of villain and not someone you want to mess with.

Phoenix is infiltrating Ashtown and forcing our awesome team to flee. But they aren’t doing it alone. They’ve gained some new powerful friends. Like Arachne. Under any other circumstances, I wouldn’t like any character named Arachne. I join the ranks of Ron Weasley and Annabeth Chase in my whole really not liking spiders deal. But give me a kinda creepy and sweet girl with a bag full of spiders under her command and damn it all, I’m intrigued. And she can do some of the most badass things.

What I really loved about this book was the whole sibling bond between Cyrus and Antigone. This was of course present in The Dragon’s Tooth, but it was really expanded on in The Drowned Vault and I just loved seeing it. Not a lot of Middle Grade novels focus on a sibling bond in fantasy/ action-adventure stories, but I’m really glad to see Cyrus and Antigone as a solid team. Makes my only-child self wistful.

I really want to give you more about what happens, but there’s so much and it happens so quickly once it starts that there isn’t much I can say without ruining some of it. But I will say this, if you liked The Dragon’s Tooth, you’re going to love this sequel. I truly can’t wait for the third book!

-Reviewed by Jennifer

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