The Captain’s Log – the queen of crows (Myke Cole)

Ahoy there me mateys!  This book is the second of The Sacred Throne trilogy.  While I try to post no spoilers, if ye haven’t read the armored saint then ye have been forewarned and continue at yer own peril . . .

While I liked book one, time had passed and I thought I was okay with not continuing the series.  But then I saw book two at the local library and realized I did in fact want to know what happened next.  So I scooped it up.

I was extremely glad I did.  The annoyance of the first book was the main character, Heloise.  As I said then “She is young, feels like she is seeing the world better and clearer then everyone else, and acts like a spoiled brat.  In general much of the plot was driven by her selfishness and stupidity.  She made horrible decisions over and over again even when she knew she was in the wrong.  So many people went out of the way to protect her and she did what she wanted – consequences be damned.”

Well in book two, Heloise has grown up.  The timeframe between books one and two are only days but Heloise has had time enough to process and take ownership of what she did wrong.  I very much enjoyed that Heloise continues to have trouble knowing the correct next step to take but her confused thoughts are based on wanting to make the right choice and thinking before she acts.

One of the other awesome things about this book was that the disabilities that Heloise has from book one along with her new injuries are not taken lightly.  She actually has to learn to adapt to her new circumstances.  I also enjoyed that Heloise has been given an elevated status and yet she doesn’t feel like she is special.  I enjoyed the variation in how people perceive her.  I also enjoyed watching her parents have to come to terms with her growth and how Heloise has to take initiative to solve her own problems.

The character interactions were what made this book a fun read.  I did love the introduction of the Traveling People.  The plot itself was fine (a seige) but nothing really new or particularly clever.  That said, it was a fast read and I did finish it in one setting.

The good news is that I be caught up on another series!  And book three is scheduled to come out on 10/1/19.  Arrr!

Goodreads has this to say about the novel:

In this epic fantasy sequel, Heloise stands tall against overwhelming odds–crippling injuries, religious tyrants–and continues her journey from obscurity to greateness with the help of alchemically-empowered armor and an unbreakable spirit.

No longer just a shell-shocked girl, she is now a figure of revolution whose cause grows ever stronger. But the time for hiding underground is over. Heloise must face the tyrannical Order and lay siege to the Imperial Palace itself.

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the armored saint (Captain’s Log – Fantasy)

3 thoughts on “The Captain’s Log – the queen of crows (Myke Cole)

  1. Character-driven stories are my weakness. I think that’s one of the reasons I am enjoying the Valdemar books so much — while they aren’t masterpieces of writing, Lackey does a wonderful job hooking me into characters and their relationships. But, I digress.

    I’m glad to see that Heloise has grown up. Did you find the difference in her perspective jarring at first? With only two days between books, I know I would have had to suspend my disbelief. Do you feel like Cole’s writing improved noticeably between these two books?


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