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Very good sequel to 'Runemarks',
This review is from: Runelight (Hardcover)
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'Runemarks' was a surprise to me a few years ago. A delicately woven plot with some excellent characters and no small amount of surprises and plot twists all set against a fantastic 'ancient gods' backdrop. The only poor thing was the ending, which felt blatantly rushed and designed to lead in to a sequel. This sort of thing is normally reserved for the end of Book 2 but here it was in Book 1. However, I'd enjoyed it so much that I was prepared to forgive Joanne Harris and was delighted when I heard that Runelight was on the way.
'Runelight' is one of those sequels that blissfully just gets on with it from the get go. There's minimal Basil Exposition about Where We Are and How We Got There, just The Story moving forward at the same rollicking pace as the original. It suffers the same fate as many sequels when more information is revealed about the characters and the overall backstory - the sheer amount of information that you are being presented with can get a little bit overwhelming, but Runelight just managed to stay away from indulgence and keep its eyes on the prize: the plot. I'll keep it spoiler free but there's even more skullduggery, derring-do and questionable loyalties than in 'Runemarks'. Yes, there's a set up for Rune3 but I actually found the ending to be more satisfying than the first book. A no-brainer for fans of the first, and a must for anyone who likes a well crafted tale on a large scale.