I was torn over Maizel's Infinite Days
- the first two-thirds or so was a bit run-of-the-mill and then the last third really picked up and took off. This sequel is like the good bits of the first book, but all the way through.
I don't want to say anything about the plot because Maizel keeps this surprising and to know more than the Amazon blurb would be to spoil the reading experience. Suffice it to say that this feels much darker but also gorgeously melancholy, especially the story of Lenah and Rhode which sits at its heart.
I really like Lenah and love the way the book isn't about her finding The One (after all, she's loved Rhode for six hundred years), but about having to make more adult, difficult, even heart-breaking decisions, whatever the cost. The more usual love triangle gets overturned in different ways and, like the last book, the end is genuinely unpredictable and surprising.
So yes, I loved this as a gorgeous, glorious piece of story-telling (with a suitably beautiful embossed book cover with exquisite yet sinister rouge-noir roses) - and look forward eagerly to the next book.