Down Among the Sticks and Bones: Wayward Children #2
by Seanan McGuire
I loved the first book in this series, Every Heart a Doorway, so when this one was announced I knew I would buy it as soon as it was released. I did. And I immediately devoured it. I enjoyed this one nearly as much as I did the first one. (It’s always hard for a sequel to be quite as good as the first, for me, because the first book has the benefit of introducing you to the world.)
For those who have read the first book in this series, you will already know the (approximate) ending of this story. This story goes backward in time and tells the story of Jack and Jill and how they found their door into the Moors when they were young. (Twelve, I think.) (The first book happens after they have returned to our world, and are 17 or 18 or somewhere in there.) For me, though, knowing the ending of this story didn’t make it any less enjoyable. After finishing EHAD, I wanted to know more about these two characters, so I’m very glad to get to delve into their backstory. I’d be curious to read about what happens to them AFTER EHAD too, but this is not that story.
Talking too much about the plot here will give spoilers for one or both of the books in the series. However, I can say that it’s both a dark story and a happy one, and a combination of gothic horror and fairy tale. (It’s light on the horror aspect, but it is there. It’s more implied than written.) I really enjoyed this book, and I’ll be getting the third one as soon as it’s released, too.
Rating: 5 stars