This story is fun and I enjoyed it for the most part, it would have been so much better without the Adult language. I don't recommend this series for teens.
okay, no joke, I'm confused about Lev Grossman and his obsession with being unnecessarily vulgar, and swearing incessantly. if you ignore all of the swearing and graphic descriptions of superfluous sexual shit, the story is top notch.
also, Sloth Is pronounced like Moth. like, "SLAW-TH" but this man kept saying "SLOW-TH" which isn't how it was written or how it's pronounced. at all. ugh.
but overall okay
Like Lev's other books, this one starts out strong and well-written, and goes downhill as it progresses, leaving you at the end shaking your head and wondering why you bothered to read it. It's like he spends a lot of time writing the beginning and making it perfect, and then runs out of time half way through his manuscript and and finishes the final half in an all-nighter full of furious scribbling and heavy drinking. Would recommend this book only as a cruel practical joke.
The most clever and intelligent work of postmodern fantasy fiction that I've personally experienced. Grossman clearly has his finger on what makes fantasy tick, and what urges us to seek it out, and plays with both to great effect. if you've come this far in the series, you don't need me to tell you that it isn't typical escapist melodrama, and if you're looking for such, you have many options at your disposal already. However, if you're interested in a unique experience, with characters who are painfully believable and story which doesn't stumble in the last leg, you've come to the right place.
The book is a sequel and like all sequels it suffers the curse of the success of the first book. in comparison, this one lacked a stable story structure and is a bit confusing as to where its going but the ending saved it with a satisfying conclusion.
The fresh secondary characters were great but the book's pacing suffered about halfway through and near the end. It had a rough start but the plot path was believable and logical. The dark and romantic themes were a bit more subdued as well as the focus on most of the characters, which is fine for the pacing and main focus of the book, but i felt a little wanting because what was focused isn't touched on well at the ending. The conclusion was bitter-sweet because of this but was very appropriate.